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OSOpinion.com: Linux' New Worst Enemy

Feb 12, 2003, 08:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"A few weeks ago, SCO, the company formerly known as Caldera International--and as Caldera Systems before that--announced it was 'researching' use of its intellectual property. This admission came after a story by Maureen O'Gara, which speculated that SCO was going after patent fees, was posted to Slashdot and other Web sites.

"Immediately after the story was posted, SCO came out and denied that it had made any decisions about pursuing patent claims or any patent strategy. However, within the span of two weeks, the company had issued a press release announcing 'SCOsource' to license its Unix intellectual property. The O'Gara article's claims that SCO would charge money for the right to use Unix software turned out to be right on the money.

"Right now, the biggest piece of the SCOsource pie is a pair of libraries that allow people to run SCO Unix applications on Linux. However, the company also claims to own 'much of the core UNIX intellectual property' and has plans to 'expand' its licensing activities..."

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