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MozillaQuest: SCO-Caldera & the GNU/Linux Community: Part 2, Under the Iceberg's Tip

Mar 05, 2003, 20:30 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Angelo)

"In our 5 February 2003 article, SCO-Caldera & the GNU/Linux Community: The SCOsource IP Matter, we noted: The worst-case scenario for the Linux community could be that everyone running Linux would have to pay licensing fees to Caldera. There also has been some concern that SCO-Caldera is planning to charge license fees for GNU, GPL, open source, free or otherwise public domain software.

"The main focus of our 5 February article was some SCO-Caldera libraries that allow SCO UnixWare and SCO OpenServer applications to run on Intel x86 Linux platforms. We also noted then that the SCO-Caldera UnixWare/Linux libraries are only the tip of an IP iceberg and that many questions remained unanswered.

"Today, we look at some of the issues that were hidden under the tip of the SCOsource announcement, what they are, and how they might impact on the Linux, GNU/Linux, free software, and open source software communities. Generally, but not always, in today's article Linux refers to the Linux kernel and GNU/Linux refers to the GNU/Linux operating system, which includes the Linux kernel and all the GNU software packaged with the Linux kernel to make a complete operating system..."

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