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Freespire, Linspire and Microsoft Patents

Jul 22, 2007, 01:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Indeed, if you read Microsoft's memo, you'll find that Microsoft's patent protection only applies only to 'Linspire Five-0 and successor offerings' on a desktop. Server use is specifically forbidden. Microsoft won't cover any software added to Linspire via the CNR (Click and Run) system. Besides ruling out any patent coverage for software covered by the GPLv3, Microsoft also categorically rules out 'Freespire and any other software offerings that include the Linux operating system for which Linspire receives no revenue.'

"Linspire 6.0, the 'successor offering' to Linspire Five-0, according to a letter to users from Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony is 'based off of Freespire 2.0,' with some modifications 'specifically for our OEM and Retail Channel partners...'"

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