Robert writes: Franco-Brazilian Linux distributor Mandriva is the latest Linux distributor to rule out the potential of a patent-related interoperability deal with Microsoft, following similar rejections by Red Hat and Ubuntu. While Microsoft has signed up Novell, Xandros, and Linspire to interoperability and patent agreements, Mandriva's chief executive, Francois Bancilhon, has denied that the company he leads will be next. "We don't believe it is necessary for us to get protection from Microsoft to do our job or to pay protection money to anyone," he wrote on the company's corporate blog, adding that while the company was in favor of interoperability, it was not convinced by Microsoft's claims that Linux and open source software infringes 235 of its patents.
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