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Xandros Reportedly Buys Out Linspire 153

Posted by kdawson
from the surely-somebody's-making-money-here dept.
2muchcoffeeman writes "Former Linspire president and CEO Kevin Carmony — whose relationship with his former employer has turned acrimonious, to say the least — reported on his blog that Xandros and Linspire signed an agreement in principle for Xandros to buy Linspire June 19. Carmony includes a scan of the memo to Linspire shareholders announcing the deal, which requires the former Linspire company to change its name. According to the memo, the stockholders voted to change the company's name to Digital Cornerstone, Inc. Despite the wording of the Linspire memo to stockholders, this deal apparently came as a surprise to Carmony and other stockholders. Some here may remember that both Xandros and Linspire signed patent protection deals with Microsoft in 2007."
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Xandros Reportedly Buys Out Linspire

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  • Eee (Score:5, Informative)

    by wytcld (179112) on Monday June 30, 2008 @08:27PM (#24010357) Homepage

    The ASUS EEE runs a derivative of Xandros, although Xandros sort of disowns it:

    Does Xandros Provide Support for the Eee PC?
    No. The Eee PC is an ASUS product and is solely supported by them, including Operating system issues. The Operating System on the Eee PC is not a Xandros Product. While Xandros may have aided in the development of the Eee PC OS, it is owned and supported by ASUS.

  • Re:Obscure stuff (Score:5, Informative)

    by Dice (109560) on Monday June 30, 2008 @08:28PM (#24010361)

    Come to think of it, who the heck is eweek?

    They're one of those shitty "tech magazines". PC World, Network World, CIO Mag, all trash magazines that you can basically pick up for free in those little magazine racks that nobody pays attention to in computer stores. The magazines are 75% ads and 25% ads masquerading as articles.

  • Re:Obscure stuff (Score:2, Informative)

    by jonah82 (1317291) on Monday June 30, 2008 @08:30PM (#24010379)
    Seeing as Xandros is the default eeepc distro I'm guessing quite a lot of people are using it. As to why asus decided on it, that, I agree is perplexing.
  • Re:Eee (Score:2, Informative)

    by Burz (138833) on Monday June 30, 2008 @09:23PM (#24010763) Journal

    That's good to know, because Xandros is one of the corps that signed a patent deal with MS while Steve Ballmer was threatening Linux users over supposed patent infringement.

    More than that is GPLv3, which only grandfathered in the deal with Novell. As time goes on and GPLv3 figures more largely in the typical Linux distro, the other corps who signed on with MS will be stuck in a hard place.

  • Re:Linspire... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) on Monday June 30, 2008 @09:51PM (#24011011) Journal
    I'd agree, but no one knows about it in the first place. I have followed its development, only because Micheal Robertson's Micheal's minutes blog posts were so wrong they were funny. They required you to pay to use the beta that required you to run the system as root. That's so freaking sadistic, its hilarious.
  • by Orion Blastar (457579) <orionblastar@gmail . c om> on Monday June 30, 2008 @10:54PM (#24011499) Homepage Journal

    Well some people seem to think so [nixternal.com] and so do others [tbray.org] and some gave awards [roughlydrafted.com] for shilling.

    But clearly I must apologize as I don't know what I am talking about, nor does any other Slashdot reader. I don't know why we say these things, must be a geek thing. We are all liars and cowards, like you said. Must be why we disagree about Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows with you.

    I'm sorry and I apologize, it was a botched joke.

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