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Why Red Hat Doesn't Need a Deal with Microsoft

Jun 25, 2007, 22:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"The trade press reported a lot of rumors this past week about the chances for a patent protection pact between Red Hat and Microsoft similar to the agreements Microsoft negotiated with Novell, Xandros, and Linspire. Red Hat doesn't appear to be interested in the least. Here's why.

"First, Red Hat disagrees with Microsoft's assertion that Linux infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property. Spokesperson Leigh Day pointed to a page outlining Red Hat's position on IP infringement, and said, 'We continue to believe that open source and the innovation it represents should not be subject to an unsubstantiated tax that lacks transparency...'"

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