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..."