"Usually, it's hard to take seriously a guy who looks like an
alumni of the Mickey Mouse Club, but, for Michael Robertson, you've
got to make an exception. He not only took on the record industry
in court and in the marketplace, but now he's eyeball-to-ankle with
mighty Microsoft. Robertson was the founder of MP3.com, a pioneer
of music downloading, and later Lindows, a scrappy Linux software
company that last year changed its name to Linspire after Microsoft
launched a worldwide legal full-court press. He dropped by our
offices recently bearing a CD containing Linspire's latest
operating system update, which he had burned and labeled himself.
'We're very formal,' he joked. 'And we're ready to take on
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