Microsoft Details Linspire Patent Deal
Microsoft's "Covenant to Customers" concerning its deal with Linux distributor Linspire raises questions. (Linux-Watch)On July 5, Microsoft quietly released a "Covenant to Customers" to clear up how it is handling its patent deal with Linux distributor Linspire. Instead, it did little but puzzle and annoy members of the Linux community. Click here to read more about Linspires patent agreement with Microsoft.
Roy Schestowitz, a well-known open-source advocate and author, for example, wrote in his article "Can Linspire Still Feed on Ubuntu (or Debian) Linux Codebase?" that "Microsoft has disavowed any GPLv3-licensed software. Ubuntu will be moving toward the new tool chain, which is GPLv3-licensed.