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The Ubuntu Advantage? Canonical Takes On Red Hat

Jun 10, 2010, 00:28 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Smart)

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"One interesting new development is the offer of protection from litigation. Yes, although Canonical (unlike Novell) told Microsoft to go jump, it is selling protection from "intellectual property" risks which might arise through the use of Linux. Hmm, that's curious, isn't it? In one way, it's sort of playing into the whole racket. "Ubuntu Linux could be at risk, so just pay us some money and we'll make sure that you're covered." Wink wink, nudge nudge. Urgh, it just doesn't sit right.

"Still, one can see why they offer it. Even if Canonical does not believe that Linux infringes on software patents (deliberately or otherwise), perhaps they simply realize that it's a scare tactic Microsoft has been using over and over again. Now thanks to Advantage, businesses, governments and even the humble user can confidently tell Microsoft (and anyone else) to go take a hike.

"Or can they?"

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