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Does Amazon's Tablet Future Lie With Microsoft?

Mar 01, 2010, 22:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

[ Thanks to Jason Perlow for this link. ]

"There was a great deal of hubbub in the Open Source and Free Software community last week caused by the recently sealed agreement between Amazon and Microsoft to cross-license patents related to Amazon’s use of Linux in its Kindle device as well as the servers that run the Internet retailer’s server and software infrastructure. The deal was for an undisclosed amount and the exact details of what it covers remains completely secret.

"My Frugal Networker friend and colleague Ken Hess, who writes at Linux Magazine and DaniWeb, has come to an interesting conclusion – that this “Linux” intellectual property licensing deal is in fact a smokescreen. According to Ken, the real deal behind the deal is in fact the beginning of Amazon’s transition from Linux to Microsoft’s OS in its devices and possibly even in its server infrastructure."

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