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Linspire, Microsoft in Linux-Related Deal

Jun 14, 2007, 12:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"Linspire Inc. on June 13 announced an agreement to license voice-enabled instant messaging, Windows Media 10 CODECs, and TrueType font technologies from Microsoft for its Linux distribution. Additionally, Microsoft will offer protection to Linspire customers against possible violations of Microsoft patents by Linux, Linspire said.

"In his June 14 weekly Linspire Letter, Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony stated, 'This agreement will offer several advantages to Linspire Linux users not found anywhere else, such as Windows Media 10 support, genuine Microsoft TrueType fonts, Microsoft patent coverage, improved interoperability with Microsoft Windows computers, and so on...'"

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