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Oh Kevin!

So, the next time one of you distros talk to the devil himself, Steve Ballmer, tell him I said to kiss my free arse!

So Kevin, did you tell him? Everyone who commented in my post about GPLv3…The death of Linux, we were right!!!

It seems that Linspire struck up a deal with the devil. One week to the day that Kevin from Linspire posted his whole “GPLv3 is a evil choice restricting license” remarks, he signs the ever-so-famous deals we have been hearing about with Microsoft. Didn’t see that one coming did we? Hell ya we did, 27 comments to my last post, most flaming me and the GPL I am sure, but there were a few who stated the obvious. Take Enny for instance:

sigh, so much FUD, and no less from the CEO of a distro and his forum moderators. Much like the GPLv3 FUD in the media too.

I am not surprised if Linspire has already signed a deal with MS, like Xandros went to Microsoft in November 2006 (and obstensibly modified the terms to exclude coupons after GPLv3 went after that). They did it before when they had a lock tight court case with Lindows, didn’t they?

DEAD F’N ON! Thanks goes to Jucato for telling me “I called it” last week, even though I had no clue what he was talking about. Hey Ballmer, if you got the goods, come sign a deal with me! I hope this doesn’t cause all kinds of hell with Canonical and Ubuntu due to previous relationships that were agreed upon.

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  • kenden

    Aouch…
    I wonder what that will mean for the future of CNR adoption by the various distros…

  • Weeber

    I wonder what that will mean for the future of the ubuntu+linspire partnership…

    But, according to mark there’s nothing to be worried about. Here is a quote (thanks digg user schestowitz):

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | [Mark:] Microsoft is asking people to pay them for patents, but they won’t
    | say which ones. If a guy walks into a shop and says: “It’s an
    | unsafe neighbourhood, why don’t you pay me 20 bucks and I’ll make
    | sure you’re okay,” that’s illegal. It’s racketeering. What Microsoft
    | is doing with intellectual property is exactly the same. It’s a great
    | company and I have great admiration for it, but this was not a
    | well considered position.
    |
    | So you wouldn’t do a deal?
    |
    | [Mark:] No, absolutely not. But the time will come when the folks at
    | Microsoft who have a clear vision for the company as a participant
    | in this community, rather than as a hostile antagonist, will win.
    `—-

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  • faded515

    I am also wondering what this will mean for CNR?

  • mybunche

    I personaly think Ubuntu and its users should abandon CNR and from even mentioning it. The connection tarnishes Ubuntu. Ubuntu has its on solutions and it can only get better. Let Linspire go its own way and self-destruct.

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