The two second-tier Linux companies will adopt common Linux software and engineering. Alas, this idea doesn't have a great history of success.
Microsoft played hard to beat Mandriva in Nigeria. I doubt Mandriva will return the favor with a patent agreement.
If there is one problem the open-source community has suffered repeatedly over the past two decades, it's been fragmentation. Google is about to make it worse.
Mandriva follows Ubuntu in declaring to Microsoft: "We don't need your stinkin' patents."
My biggest mistake was in thinking that open source was so different that it defied the laws of economic gravity.
I make a case that all Windows users should keep a Linux Live CD at their beck and call.
Ubuntu Linux may be more familiar to Windows users than OS X Leopard
It seems nearly every tech company has a patent licensing deal with Microsoft. News.com's Ina Fried digs up a few names that haven't reached such agreements.
Start-up headed by Mandriva founder Gael Duval creates a version of the open-source productivity software suite for the Mozilla Web browser.