The VAR Guy

June 15, 2007

1 Min Read
Microsoft to Partner With Ubuntu Linux?

The speculation has started. Now that Microsoft has lined up patent agreements with three Linux companies, some pundits think the software giant will pursue a deal with Canonical — keeper of the Ubuntu flame.

Ziff Davis Media’s Linux-Watch blog suggests that a Microsoft-Ubuntu relationship is only a matter of time. The VAR Guy begs to differ. Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind Ubuntu, is on record stating that he’s not interested in a patent deal with Microsoft.

Instead of reaching out to Ubuntu, The VAR Guy thinks Microsoft will continue pursuing deals with smaller Linux companies — such as Collax. Then, when all the small fries are in Microsoft’s corner, the real showdown between Microsoft and Red Hat will begin.

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