This is INSANE!!! Plot a counterattack at Microsucks in the light of current deals of the likes of Novell, Xandros and Linspire? That’s totally crazy. In all probability, both camps have enough fodder for lawsuits, but then, MS has deeper pockets and the OSS community better stay hidden under a towel. People like Eric Raymond are there on the Linspire board, and I’m damn sure they’re keeping an eye on it.
These are crucial times for Linux. At last it is gaining some popularity, and ease of use. With this, comes the ability to be far more ordinary-user friendly than ever before. And yet, can we take risks by not making pacts with Microsucks to provide interoperability? How long can we expect users not to expect voice chat in Pidgin? After all, not everyone is a Skype or Gizmo user.
OSS doesn’t need to be very protective, by using GPLv3 to block out such attempts. Take the example of Mozilla Firefox – a good example of how OSS can be easy to use, and support all major standards, and in fact, work better at complying with W3C standards than IE.
Why can’t just Linux community leaders do that!