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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..."

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[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. -BKP]

Heise Online: SCO sagt der Open Source den Existenzkampf an (in German)

Heise Online: Slide 1 [Link repaired. -ed]

Heise Online: Slide 2

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