Ubuntu founder defuses rumors of impending Microsoft deal
In an announcement made in a personal blog entry, Mark ShuttleworthÃ¢â‚¬â€Ubuntu patron and benevolent dictator for lifeÃ¢â‚¬â€puts an authoritative end to speculation that Canonical or the Ubuntu project could be considering a patent agreement with Microsoft.
Although Shuttleworth has publicly condemned Microsoft’s controversial deal with Novell on several occasions in the past, some have speculated that Canonical or Ubuntu might be the next to sign on. Novell, Linspire, and Xandros have all established patent covenants with Microsoft that essentially constitute mutual pacts not to sue for patent infringement.
Full article: arstechnica.com