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Re: [gNewSense-users] Mandriva says they will not agree to patent deal w

From: Larry Cafiero
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Mandriva says they will not agree to patent deal with Microsoft
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 18:20:33 -0700

Matt --

You and me both: I blogged at that Mandriva would be the next distro domino, with the Redmond Death Star targeting Mandriva to get a foothold in Europe

No one is happier to be wrong than I am, and when you compare the rambling apologia by Linspire's Kevin Carmony to the more well-written statement that you've linked below, you can see who is trying to cover his tracks and who is rightfully equating Microsoft's actions with that of mobsters.

No guarantees, true, but I think Mandriva "gets it."

Larry Cafiero

On 6/19/07, Matthew Flaschen < address@hidden> wrote:
Mandriva has ruled out a patent deal with MS
   Probably, this resulted from the combination of:

a. The broad reaction against the Linspire and Xandros deals

b. Our Red Hat campaign

c. Public speculation (including by me) that Mandriva would be next.

d. The prospect of GPLv3 (perhaps Mandriva, unlike Xandros, can
"predict" the final content of GPLv3 after reading the last call draft)

This statement definitely indicates they are listening to the community.
Of course, there is no guarantee they will keep their word (Linspire
did an about-face), but signing the deal will look worse now.

Matt Flaschen

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