"Microsoft's partnership with Novell got a lot of people in the
open-source community fired up. Since then, Microsoft's Linux deals
with Linspire and Xandros have just thrown gasoline on the fire.
Now, it appears that Red Hat, the leading Linux company and the
most vocal opponent to Microsoft wheeling and dealing, tried to
make its own deal with Microsoft before the Novell one was
"So, what's going on here? As Kevin Carmony, Linspire's CEO and
president, rhetorically asks in his latest public column, 'Is Linux
Splitting into Two Factions?...'"