Microsoft Pledges Not To Sue Turbolinux Users - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Enterprise Applications
News
10/23/2007
11:42 AM
50%
50%

Microsoft Pledges Not To Sue Turbolinux Users

The collaboration agreement protects users of Turbolinux's open source server software.

Microsoft said it will not pursue any legal action against Linux users who use a server distribution of the open source operating system offered by Turbolinux.

The pledge is part of a "broad collaboration agreement" that Microsoft on Monday said it has struck with Turbolinux, which specializes in distributing open source software in emerging markets like China, Japan, and India.

"The agreement will provide intellectual property assurance for Turbolinux customers who purchase Turbolinux Server," Microsoft said in a statement.

Microsoft claims that Linux and other open source programs violate more than 200 of its patents, though it has yet to specifically identify any of them. The open source community has denied the claims.

To date, Microsoft has not pursued court action against Linux users, but it has launched a campaign to extract licensing fees from Linux distributors in exchange for legal indemnification of their customers.

The Turbolinux pact follows similar deals that Microsoft has struck with Novell, Linspire, and Xandros.

Earlier this month, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer -- using Red Hat as an example -- hinted that Microsoft may ultimately pursue claims against Linux users who use distributions of the software from vendors that don't have licensing agreements with Microsoft.

"People [who] use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to eventually compensate us," Ballmer said at a company event in London.

Beyond the patent pledge, Microsoft said its deal with Turbolinux includes work on Windows/Linux interoperability -- including a single sign-on system -- and the use of Windows Live Search on the Turbolinux desktop.

"We can do much to reduce the cost and complexity of running mixed Windows and Linux IT environments, and we believe this agreement gives our company a significant edge in the marketplace," said Turbolinux CEO Yano Koichi, in a statement.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

News
How CIO Roles Will Change: The Future of Work
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/1/2021
Commentary
A Strategy to Aid Underserved Communities and Fill Tech Jobs
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/9/2021
Slideshows
10 Ways AI and ML Are Evolving
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  6/28/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Slideshows
Flash Poll