CNET News: SCO Puts Disputed Code in the Spotlight
Aug 19, 2003, 13:00 (79 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa M. Bowman)
[ Thanks to David for this link.
"Much of the Unix code in the slides was obscured, because the
company wants to keep its intellectual property under wraps, but
SCO is allowing people who want to see a more extensive
side-by-side comparison during the conference to do so if they sign
a nondisclosure agreement.
"Sontag also said thousands of lines of Unix have made their way
into Linux in the form of derivative works that should have been
bound by SCO licensing agreements that require licensees to keep
the code secret. The company said several enterprise features of
Linux--the NUMA (nonuniform memory access, RCU (read-copy update),
SMP (symmetrical multiprocessing), schedulers, JFS (journal file
system) and XFS (extended file system) portions--all include copied
code. The company broke out the number of lines of code that had
been directly copied from each. It said, for example, that more
than 829,000 lines of SMP code had been duplicated in Linux.
"'A number of entities have violated contracts and contributed
inappropriate content into Linux,' Sontag said..."
[Editor's Note: An anonymous contributor has provided links
to two JPEGs of slides that display sections of allegedly copied
code. The images are hosted on the German news site Heise Online.
The link to the original story (in German) is also provided below.
Online: SCO sagt der Open Source den Existenzkampf an (in
Online: Slide 1 [Link repaired. -ed]
Online: Slide 2