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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."
Start-up headed by Mandriva founder Gael Duval creates a version of the open-source productivity software suite for the Mozilla Web browser.
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.