EE Times: SCO's Chief Taking Linux Beef to Japan
Jul 04, 2003, 07:00 (70 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles J. Murray)
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"A decision by eight consumer giants, most of them Japanese, to
throw their support behind Linux has the chief executive officer of
SCO Group on the move. Darl McBride, whose company recently
launched a legal attack on Linux for alleged patent infringements,
will go to Japan this week in an attempt to prove his point with
some of the manufacturers that came together last week as the CE
Linux Forum (CELF).
"McBride, who is fluent in Japanese, will visit with several
founding members to show them code samples in which the Linux
open-source operating system allegedly violates SCO's Unix patents,
said an SCO spokesman. CELF's eight founders are Hitachi,
Matsushita, NEC, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba.
'Members of that consortium are lining up in droves to view that
source code,' the spokesman said.
"Linux proponents saw the formation of CELF by a powerhouse
coalition as a vote of confidence for the upstart OS, and further
proof that corporate Linux users are not overly concerned about the
legal threat from SCO. CELF will focus on the promotion of
Linux-based consumer electronics products..."