My spin:Microsoft, wants to make money just like every other business. Including , its muh smaller rival Lindows, which sells Linux. It’s not only fighting on the US front but even in Sweden – and I suspect this is ONLY the beginning.
News Clip: Lindows.com today announced that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has filed an injunction in Stockholm, Sweden against Lindows.com to prohibit the use of the marks “Lindows”, “Lindows.com”, and “LindowsOS” in Sweden, pending a later decision on the alleged trademark infringement.
“Microsoft is using lawsuits as a battering ram to smash Linux, to prevent it from reaching retail stores,” said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows.com. “We’re hopeful that the Judge will see Microsoft’s true intentions are to sustain their monopoly and will grant Swedish computer users the same choices that global computer users are benefiting from. Microsoft tried this identical legal maneuver in the U.S., attempting to block the growth of Linux with mainstream computer users. The U.S. Courts denied their request multiple times and today more than 100 retailers sell Linux desktop and laptop computers, forcing Microsoft to compete in the United States for the first time in many years, giving consumers more choices and better prices.”
The following court papers were received by Lindows.com. Lindows.com is reviewing this matter and will respond accordingly in time. Those interested in speaking with Michael Robertson, who will be in Stockholm until 1:00 p.m. on December 11, may register to do so at www.lindows.com/45signup.
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