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PC Magazine: Killing Linux

Jun 05, 2003, 01:00 (71 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John C. Dvorak)

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"The Linux community seems to be taking very lightly the recent events surrounding the SCO-versus-IBM lawsuit and SCO's claim that Linux relies on Unix in unfair ways. One writer calls the situation a farce, while another thinks it's laughable and stupid. Linus Torvalds has reportedly said it is not much different than a Jerry Springer Show--mere entertainment. The Linux community seems to have put its collective head in the sand. Nobody seems to realize that Linux and the entire open-source movement are at grave risk. Apparently the open-source idealists don't understand the quirks of the legal system.

"I have posted a complete timeline of events regarding this episode on a Web page as an attempt to give people some clue about how this is unfolding. (Additions and corrections are welcome.) Personally, I don't think any of this bodes well for the open-source community. Nowadays, you can patent a business practice or something as idiotic as one-click purchasing. Software patents have gone crazy. Juries are flaky. I was an expert witness in a case where the defendant lost just because 'patented' was stamped onto a plastic case. The word referred to the plastic case design. The suit was over software..."

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