Timely reality check
“The structure of the agreement with LG is very similar to the Novell structure. The coverage of LGE’s Linux-based embedded devices is being handled via direct customer patent covenants,” a Microsoft spokeswoman told me, via e-mail.
The roster of Linux vendors signing patent deals with Microsoft is growing. On the current list: Novell, Fuji Xerox, Samsung, Xandros and now LG Electronics. So far, only two of these (Novell and Xandros) are Linux distro companies.