Red Hat Claims It Wanted To Talk Interoperability With Microsoft, Just Not Patents
from the you're-kidding dept
While Microsoft has signed a series of interoperability and patent deals with various Linux vendors, the biggest Linux distro, Red Hat, has refused to get on board. It was revealed last week, however, that the companies were at least talking at some point about doing some kind of a deal, though the details of the talks (which have fallen through) weren't revealed. In clarifying the company's position, Red Hat executive Paul Cormier said that Red Hat would love to work on interoperability with Microsoft but that it saw no need to establish any patent protection for itself. But Microsoft apparently was only interested in the two things together and had no interest in working on interoperability alone. That's not too surprising, seeing as the interoperability stuff always seemed like a bit of a red herring. Through these deals, Microsoft has been trying to bolster its argument that Linux infringes on its patents. As for the other half, did anyone really think that Microsoft was concerned about establishing interoperability with Linspire? Of course not. For Microsoft, signing a deal with Red Hat would be the big prize, given its position in the Linux world. But unless Red Hat is willing to talk patents, there's really no reason to think that Microsoft would be willing to deal.