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Why Microsoft and Linux Companies are Tying the Knot

Jun 18, 2007, 02:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"OK, so why have Novell, Xandros, and Linspire all gotten into bed with Microsoft? Is it...

  1. "They were seduced by Steve Ballmer's charming smile?
  2. "They've gone over to the dark side of the force?
  3. "Terror of Microsoft's mighty patent portfolio had them groveling at Microsoft's feet?
  4. "It actually makes business sense to give their customers some level of Microsoft software compatibility?

"Before answering that one, let's ask the other question: Why is Microsoft getting all lovey-dovey with Linux companies...?"

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