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Shuttleworth comments on Microsoft/Ubuntu deal rumours

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Mark Shuttleworth on his blog makes it clear


We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements.”

I have no objections to working with Microsoft in ways that further the cause of free software, and I don’t rule out any collaboration with them, in the event that they adopt a position of constructive engagement with the free software community.

All the deals announced so far strike me as “trinkets in exchange for air kisses”. Mua mua. No thanks.

Lots of people threw stones when Mark started Ubuntu, and Debian die-hards saw it as the beginning of the end. In fairness, he has done outstandingly and although it hurts my ears every time i hear the word “Ubuntu” pronounced in foreign tongues (its oo BOON too) (not you-bun-to, oo-bun-to or any of the other variations that float around) it truly warms the heart to see such a huge steps made for Free Software, essentially from South Africa..

I wont get into the MSFT / Novel Novell patent discussions because theres been too much said about it already, and rightly or wrongly ill silently beam at Ubuntu’s “Proudly South African” sticker!