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ESR: SCO's Evidence: This Smoking Gun Fizzles Out

Aug 21, 2003, 20:30 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric S. Raymond)

"At SCOforum on 18 July 2003, SCO displayed a piece of what it called evidence that it owns huge portions of the Linux source code. This is one of the central contention in its billion-dollar lawsuit against IBM. The 'evidence' was two presentation slides showing, side by side, code SCO labeled 'System V' and 'Linux'. The first is captioned 'Line by line Copying--One Example of Many.'

"It's now barely 24 hours since the slides leaked. There have been a couple of early analyses published already on Slashdot and Linux Weekly News. I've written this one because (a) none of these were aimed at a general or journalistic audience, and (b) they miss or don't highlight some interesting details that bear on SCO's case against IBM and the legality of its licensing program. Also, I'm doing what others have not dared: I'm publishing the differences with the relevant System V code..."

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