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Michael Robertson Says Lindows.com Supports Mozilla Financially

Wednesday August 6th, 2003

Mart Rootamm points us towards an interview with Lindows.com CEO Michael Robertson, in which the outspoken entrepreneur states that his company is a financial supporter of the Mozilla project. Robertson says: "When it comes to supporting the open-source community, we're good about putting our code back into the open-source initiative. We're also financial supporters of many of the popular initiatives — Debian, KDE, Mozilla, Wine. We contribute real dollars to them. I would contend that the Linux community needs companies that are profitable, so they can keep funneling money into these organizations and encourage them to keep improving their product."


#1 it's true, apparently. .

by mozzmike <mikeweezer@interair.com.br>

Wednesday August 6th, 2003 6:39 AM

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Seen on PCLinuxOnline a month ago or so (<http://www.pclinuxonline.…file=article&sid=7202>), the Lindows president (Kevin Carmony, not Robertson, who's their CEO) talks about contributing money (adding Mozilla to their "supported open source projects" list) here: <https://forum.lindows.com…p;sb=1&o=0&fpart=>

#2 Yeah, and that will happen...when?

by bcortez <bcortez98@hotmail.com>

Wednesday August 6th, 2003 10:29 AM

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I don't think the OPen Source community (in general) is willing to accept this fact yet. There is this aversion to anything connected with a profitable corporate entity. Until that changes, the Open Surce community will continue to suffer and languish, unappreciated in the commercial sector.

#3 Re: Yeah, and that will happen...when?

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Wednesday August 6th, 2003 10:36 AM

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"I don't think the OPen Source community (in general) is willing to accept this fact yet. There is this aversion to anything connected with a profitable corporate entity."

Well, the Mozilla project didn't seem to have a problem being associated with AOL. Oh, wait, you said "profitable".

Alex

#7 Re: Yeah, and that will happen...when?

by mesostinky

Thursday August 7th, 2003 10:04 AM

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"There is this aversion to anything connected with a profitable corporate entity. "

Don't be stupid. Corporate entities donating both resources and employees to opensource projects has been going on for years now. Need I even point out IBM and SUN or maybe even Apple? There has always been and always will be deep connections between the two.

"Until that changes, the Open Surce community will continue to suffer and languish, unappreciated in the commercial sector."

Yes were all just suffering and lanugishing here. *Yawn* Yup, there are NO "commercial" companies involved in opensource... Go spread your uninformed FUD elsewhere.

#4 mozdev?

by smkatz

Wednesday August 6th, 2003 1:20 PM

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They have apparently given money to mozdev.org.. it is unclear whether they have given any money to Mozilla proper. Of course, the foundation is an infant.. let them have time. I support Lindows.. most of the complaints about Linux including difficulty installing hardware (it supports plug and play) and software installation (for $50.00/year and/or with for-pay products a la carte)

#5 Dot-Com Companies

by dtobias <dan@tobias.name>

Wednesday August 6th, 2003 6:27 PM

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Why does the Lindows company insist on putting the ".com" at the end of their name to refer to themselves, even in a non-Web context? Putting ".com" in company names is *so* '90s... and I thought it was stupid even back then.

#6 Good point!

by ed_welch

Thursday August 7th, 2003 4:45 AM

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I makes me immediately think of ".dom crash", "worthless IPO that produces nothing" Another example of stupid name is "The XML company". XML is a file format for Christ's sake. It's just like calling yourself "The ASCII company"

#9 Re: Good point!

by DavidGerard <fun@thingy.apana.org.au>

Friday August 8th, 2003 6:58 AM

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#8 Re: Re: Re: Mozilla should get Netscape browser br

by bandido

Thursday August 7th, 2003 3:12 PM

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Because that is an additional way for them to protect their trademark against MS Windows trademark infringement lawsuit. The organization that produces Open Office call itself OpenOffice.org and they always abbreviate their name as OOo for the same reason (there is another company called Open Office).