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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.
Mandriva follows Ubuntu in declaring to Microsoft: "We don't need your stinkin' patents."
After seeing Windows wedge its way into a deal with the Nigerian government, Mandriva's chief criticizes Microsoft's competitive tactics.
Novell reduces AppArmor work, relying instead on the open-source community, but project leaders launch a new company for the open-source Linux security project.
Microsoft may not always play fair, but it apparently has in the case of the Nigerian government.
Red Hat isn't buying Microsoft's patent ruling in Europe.
Ubuntu has been very successful. But why?