"Red Hat, the largest Linux vendor, and Ubuntu-maker Canonical
have both rejected calls from Microsoft to forge a deal similar to
the one the Redmond giant signed with Linux distributors Novell,
Xandros, and Linspire.
"Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical's CEO, said in a blog posting on
Saturday, that Canonical has declined to talk to Microsoft about
any agreement that provides legal protection to Ubuntu users
related to 'unspecified patents...'"