"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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