Mandriva Rejects Microsoft Linux Deal
In rejecting the possibility of a cross-licensing pact with Microsoft, Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon wrote that there has been “absolutely no hard evidence” that Linux and other open-source applications are in breach of any patents. “So we don’t believe it is necessary for us to get protection from Microsoft to do our job.”
Microsoft Relevant Products/Services’s collection of patent-protection deals with Linux providers lost another potential addition this week, when Mandriva announced that it will not sign such a pact.
The statement, by CEO Francois Bancilhon, has the international company joining with Linux providers Red Hat and Canonical, which have refused to sign cross-licensing deals with Microsoft.
Formerly called Mandrakesoft, Mandriva publishes the Mandriva GNU/Linux operating system for enterprise, government, and educational customers. The company has offices in the U.S., France, and Brazil. Its products are available through its online store as well as through dedicated channels in more than 140 countries.
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