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Linspire, Microsoft in Linux-related, Patent-Protection deal

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Linspire Inc. on June 14 will announce an agreement to license VoIP, Windows Media, and TrueType font technology from Microsoft for use in its Linux distribution. Additionally, the deal includes protection for Linspire customers against possible violations of Microsoft patents by Linux, and other cooperative measures.

According to a story published by the Associated Press, Linspire reportedly will license Microsoft technologies relating to VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol), Windows Media multimedia, and TrueType fonts. Additionally, in a blow to search engine leader Google, Linspire reportedly will make Microsoft's Live.com search engine the default "on PCs that run its Linspire operating system."

Another area of cooperation will be on technology for interoperability between documents stored in OpenXML and the Open Document Format, as in the Xandros/Microsoft agreement announced on June 5.

Additionally, as with both the Xandros/Microsoft and earlier Novell/Microsoft agreements, this new Linspire/Microsoft agreement reportedly will offer protection to Linspire Linux users against possible infringement of Microsoft patents by Linux.

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