06.14.07

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MicroSpire: WWESRD? (What Will E.S.R. Do?)

Posted in Action, Deals, Free/Libre Software, Linspire, Microsoft, Ubuntu at 8:42 pm by Shane Coyle

Upon hearing about the Microsoft-Linspire deal ("MicroSpire" to keep our catchy merged-name theme going…) I was immediately reminded of the summation of the account on Helios’ blog when the Xandrosoft deal was announced, since E.S.R. just so happens to sit on Freespire’s board.

Yes, I brought this up in a comment earlier, but I think it needs some additional discussion, and apparently so do others.

Raymond has been an implacable foe of Microsoft; one incident which is touted as proof of this is an encounter with Microsoft’s Craig Mundie in an elevator. When Mundie asked him who he was, Raymond is reported to have said: “I am your worst nightmare.”

Given his background, I’d like to pose a query to Raymond: Now that Linspire has genuflected to the people in Redmond, will you do the honourable thing and quit the board of Freespire?

As does Sam, I wondered what Linspire’s capitulation will do to their chumminess with Canonical/Ubuntu going forward. Let’s watch for Mark Shuttleworth and Eric S Raymond’s official reactions in the coming days.

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3 Comments

  1. anonymous said,

    June 15, 2007 at 12:17 am

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    I hope he quits of Freespire because his beliefs or he will be as the hypocrites he hates a lot: Microsoft.

    You are the worst nightmare of Microsoft, but you are going to be one of them if not remedy it. Do you will be your own nightmare or prefer to escape of their borg nature?

    Microsoft: Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.

  2. Shane Coyle said,

    June 21, 2007 at 11:26 am

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    An update regarding Canonical and Linspire’s relationship after the MicroSpire deal, from Mark Shuttleworth himself.

    # Ferdinand Says:
    June 16th, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    How about Canonicals deal with Linspire and the recent deal Linspire made with Microsoft?

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    It’s likely that Ubuntu users will still get the option to use CNR if they want to. We won’t make CNR a default platform in Ubuntu, but we recognize that user choice is important and it’s not our style to take a punitive position towards derivatives of Ubuntu – they exist to meet specific users needs that we don’t meet, and we exist to provide a platform for our own values. So while I differ deeply from Linspire’s stated position now, I respect their right to choose their own path.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 21, 2007 at 6:36 pm

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    I would love to see the reaction from ESR. He has been eerily mute on this one. He has not blogged for months either.

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