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Update: CBS.MarketWatch: Novell Challenges SCO's Unix Claims

May 29, 2003, 21:42 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Tarsala, Stephen Shankland)

CBS.MarketWatch: Novell Challenges SCO's Unix Claims

[ Thanks to Ville Oksanen for this link. ]

[Editor's Note: Despite the widespread coverage this story received in other media outlets, Linux Today posted this article with a cautionary note earlier today. This was the only story that mentioned McBride threatening to sue Torvalds, and it appears the attribution is being played down. The clarifying story is excerpted and linked below. -BKP]

"In recent weeks, SCO has been trying to persuade companies that sell Linux, including computer maker IBM, to take out an SCO license, particularly for clustering technologies in Linux that are used to tie groups of computers together to complete heavy-duty tasks.

"SCO sued IBM on May 7, in a Utah state court, over misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and breach of contract. The complaint alleges that IBM tried to destroy SCO's Unix to benefit IBM's Linux services business.

"McBride added that unless more companies start licensing SCO's property, he may also sue Linus Torvalds, who is credited with inventing the Linux operating system, for patent infringement..."

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CNET News: Threat to Torvalds Overstated

[ Thanks to Ned Ulbricht for this link. ]

"SCO Group Chief Executive Darl McBride said a published report that his company may take legal action against Linux founder Linus Torvalds was overstated.

"Responding to a portion of a Wednesday story by CBS Marketwatch that has generated intense criticism from the Linux community, McBride told CNET News.com that targeting Torvalds is unlikely.

"'Virtually we see no reason why that would ever happen,' McBride said. 'We're not trying to go down that path...'"

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