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New York Times: Creator of Linux Defends Its Originality

Dec 23, 2003, 13:30 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lohr)

"'Some of these files were written by me directly,' Mr. Torvalds said in an e-mail exchange, and so were not contributed to the Linux project by third parties, including I.B.M., which is being sued by SCO.

"The files listed in SCO's letter are written in the C programming language. Citing two files, 'include/linux/ctype.h' and 'lib/ctype.h,' Mr. Torvalds said 'some trivial digging shows that those files are actually there in the original 0.01 distribution of Linux" in September 1991.

"'I wrote them,' Mr. Torvalds noted, 'and looking at the original ones I'm a bit ashamed...'"

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