Mandriva also rules out Microsoft patent deal

French Linux vendor Mandriva has become the third to explicitly rule out a patent deal with Microsoft according to a report at Techworld. In a statement on his blog, Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon acknowledges that other Linux vendors like Novell, Linspire, and Xandros have entered patent agreements with Microsoft. However, Bancilhon states outright, “We don’t believe it is necessary for us to get protection from Microsoft to do our job, or to pay protection money to anyone.”

Bancilhon’s statement comes only a few days after Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth eliminated the option of a similar deal also via a post on his blog. Shuttleworth stated more diplomatically, “We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements.” Red Hat has also been against a patent deal with Microsoft for a while now and recently reiterated its position. A Red Hat spokeswoman told Techworld last week, “We continue to believe that open source and the innovation it represents should not be subject to an unsubstantiated tax that lacks transparency.”

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