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I, Cringely: Twice As Much Nothing to Watch on TV

Jun 14, 2003, 02:30 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert X. Cringely)

[ Thanks to Jason Perlow for this link. ]

"In the meantime, another furor has erupted concerning SCO Unix's ability to run Linux binaries. Other people have written about this, and I have talked to some of their sources, and it comes down to the idea that SCO didn't reverse-engineer Unix to run those binaries; they claim to have copied code directly from Linux to Unix. To those who think this isn't a problem, take a look at the Linux General Public License and you'll see it very much is a problem since SCO doesn't release Unix source code to regular customers and the GPL requires open source.

"So at the same time SCO is blaming IBM for putting Unix System V code into Linux, Linus Torvalds (as the Linux copyright holder) may have a claim against SCO for putting Linux source code into SCO Unix.

"But wait, there's more...!"

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