Ubuntu talks about Apple and Microsoft challenge

Posted on Monday, Jan 01 2007 @ 19:10 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, talks why it may finally be time for Linux to out-innovate Apple and Microsoft on desktop computers. Here's a snip from the interview:
Q: So are you saying that if Microsoft finds a way it’s going to be hard for Linux stay as a free piece of software?

A: Microsoft is going to claim that deploying Linux anywhere, unless you pay Microsoft a patent fee, is a violation of their patent and they haven’t proved that yet. But they certainly seem to be positioning themselves in such a way that they could do so.

They are really trying to get something to legitimize their claim, so the deal with Novell had a lot of money attached to it. And as a part of that deal, Novell is lifted up in its stand to legitimize much of its claim. So it’s a very interesting strategic move and there are a lot of people on the other side saying that there are absolutely no intellectual property issues with Linux that this is kind of a game.
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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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