Patent Protection: Turbolinux to Cooperate with Microsoft

Oct 24, 2007

Microsoft cooperates with yet another Linux distributor. Turbolinux has concluded a contract with the Redmonder software giant.

Following in the footsteps of Novell, Xandros and Linspire, Asian distributor Turbolinux has decided to cooperate with Microsoft. The companies concluded an agreement which includes cooperation to improve interoperability between Linux and Windows like in the other three cases. Again intellectual property assurances are part of the package deal, although the agreement is not specific about the patents themselves.

Turbolinux and Microsoft are looking to work on a single-sign-on solution which will give users the ability to log in to Windows and Linux systems using the same credentials. To this end Turbolinux has received an evaluation license for Microsoft's "Workgroup Server Protocol Program". The companies are also aiming to run a joint development lap in Peking in the scope of the Interop. The alliance is sponsored by Microsoft with the aim of improving interoperability between software by independent vendors and Microsoft products.

Turbolinux and Microsoft signed a collaboration agreement on the Office Open XML format in July.

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