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AllLinuxDevices: Lineo's Response to Microsoft's Attack on Open Source

May 04, 2001, 02:00 (27 Talkback[s])

Lineo decides to call "FUD" in this statement, wherein the company maintains that Microsoft is "clearly intimidated and threatened," and stresses its own advantages in the embedded market, where it's been fairly unabashed over the prospects of respecting intellectual property and cleaving to the letter of the GPL.

"Lineo has successfully operated by using and aggressively contributing to open source software while protecting its intellectual property (IP) as well as the IP of Lineo customers. Like IBM, Lineo believes that there is a way to "follow both a proprietary and shared business model, even one based on the G.P.L." We wholeheartedly agree with Microsoft that no company "at the end of the day would throw all of its intellectual property into the open-source category." To do so would be a completely broken, unprofitable business model that could not survive over the long term."

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