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Two on Effects of SCO Lawsuit

Jun 28, 2003, 01:00 (70 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire, Charles Cooper)

NewsFactor: What If SCO Gets Its Way?

"How will the tech universe be altered if SCO prevails?

"'It would certainly put a dent in the growth of Linux,' Meta Group analyst Thomas Murphy told NewsFactor. 'If SCO has the intellectual-property rights, then that means they're going to be the license holder, and any Linux distribution would pick up a fee--potentially--from SCO for every single copy.'

"Given that one of Linux's biggest advantages is that it is lower cost than proprietary software, this added fee 'would be detrimental' to Linux adoption, Murphy said..."

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CNET News: Putting Open Source on Trial

"I suppose the folks running SCO Group have pretty tough hides by now. After raising questions that go to the heart of open-source software development, they have been accused of being everything from low-rent hustlers to shameless flunkies for Microsoft.

"But what if SCO is right?

"That's clearly not the politically correct view these days, which is to dismiss SCO's patent infringement lawsuit against IBM as the frivolous invention of congenital scalawags. After examining what SCO claims is offending code earlier this month, however, I think the open-source community better prepare itself to face tough criticism of its practices and ethics..."

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