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No Microsoft patent deal for Ubuntu

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In a recent column, I speculated that Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu, might make Ubuntu the next Linux distribution to make a deal with Microsoft.

Now, Mark Shuttleworth, in his latest blog post, denies that possibility, writing, "We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements."

Shuttleworth also states that this speculation in the media has been thoroughly and elegantly debunked in the blogosphere -- but not before the damage was done. The blog he referred to details how the quote I used comes from an interview with Shuttleworth in which Shuttleworth makes it extremely clear that he won't entertain any kind of patent deal with Microsoft.

The matter has also been hotly spoken about in some of the Ubuntu mailing lists.

Unfortunately, no one seems to have actually read my column. I never said that Ubuntu might be making a patent deal with Microsoft. I said, it "would as easy as falling off a log for Canonical to add some Microsoft features of its own to Ubuntu Linux distribution."

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