I must admit when I read the title of a recent newsletter by CEO and President of Linspire, Kevin Carmony, I was somewhat surprised. He even states in his newsletter that some readers may be shocked by the title ‘Microsoft Will Help Deliver A Better Linux’. OK. So this is what he says:

The title of this week’s Linspire Letter will perhaps surprise many of you, but I can assure you, it’s quite true. Let me explain…

As most of you know, Linspire has a long tradition of working with hundreds of software developers and vendors, both opensource and commercial, in order to bringas many choices as possibleto our users. For example, in our efforts to provide a “better” Linux, earlier this year we announced our partnership with Ubuntu, leveraging their exceptional work with open source Linux. We have also entered into agreements with dozens of commercial companies to offer our users choices with proprietary software, codecs and drivers. Linspire has always offered as many choices as possible, and then we let the user decide which software options are right for them.

Today, Linspire announced our latest partnership, one with Microsoft, to bring even more choices to desktop Linux users, and together, offer a “better” Linux experience. Just as Steve Jobs announced in 1997 that “the era of setting this up as a competition between Apple and Microsoft is over,” I too believe it’s time for Linux to do the same. Rather than isolating Linux, I believe we need to understand, as Apple did in 1997, that Linux exists in an ecosystem and must work with and interoperate within that ecosystem. As unpopular as it may appear to some, Linspire is willing to take a lead in this effort. Some people booed Steve Jobs back in 1997, but if you trace the history of his announcement, I think it was an incredibly smart move for both Microsoft and Apple, issuing in a new era for both.

Though I respect Mr. Carmonys view point, it seems to me that this is like putting the cat in with the canary. When we were kids we all knew the kid who loved to throw sand in other peoples faces while playing in the sandbox. Microsoft reminds me of that kid. Though Apple and Linux may want to play well with others, MS doesn’t have a reputation of doing this. I wish Lispire well in their venture. But I personally do not think this will benefit Linspire but Microsoft will reap the benefits for years to come.

What do you think? Will this relationship work?

Comments welcome.

[tags]linspire, microsoft, ubuntu, carmony, relationship,  [/tags]

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