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BBC: Linux Community Told to 'Get Real'

Aug 29, 2003, 20:30 (75 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Thompson)

[ Thanks to libdave for this link. ]

"For the last six months computer company SCO, formerly known as Caldera International and one of the early distributors of the Linux operating system, has been causing serious concern within the world of free and open source software.

"It has sued IBM and threatened to sue Linux users and distributors over claims that large chunks of the Unix program code which it owns have been illegally copied into the current release of Linux.

"If true, the copying could mean that Linux users have to pay SCO a license fee. It could also mean that the companies involved have to pay damages, even if all the offending programs are rewritten.

"Of course, there may be nothing to the claims..."

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