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Linspire CEO Singing a Different Tune After Microsoft Deal

Jun 18, 2007, 15:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Hoover)

"When Linspire 6.0 is released next month, it will include the fruits of the recently announced marriage between Linspire and Microsoft. Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony says he has been in talks with Microsoft for about a year and a half before reaching an agreement. It was just seven months ago, however, that Carmony took Microsoft to task for its agreement with Novell, calling it nothing but 'lip service' and 'scare tactics.' A mere four months ago, he heralded Linspire's partnership with Canonical as a way to 'address common challenges Linux faces in a world dominated by Microsoft Windows.' How does Carmony account for his sudden shift in attitude? 'Linux has gotten better,' he says. 'It doesn't need to play that card.'

"In what Carmony says is a move designed to 'fill some key holes in our current offering,' the new version of Linspire will include a veritable stew of functionality and permissions..."

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