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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."
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.
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.