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eWeek: Portland Taleblazer

Jul 15, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Spencer F. Katt)

"Spencer expected the conference to be something of a war dance aimed at SCO's threat to the open-source community, with its claim that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix. But no. The only session that addressed the issue directly, titled 'The IP Wars: SCO Versus Linux,' attracted fewer developers than other discussions. Looking for anti-SCO scorn, the Scandal Scribe invited invective from Mitch Kapor, the Lotus founder, who chairs the Open Source Applications Foundation. 'SCO's actions are morally and utterly despicable,' Kapor caviled. However, the ex-hippie blamed the media—of all things—saying the coverage Spence and his ilk were giving SCO wasn't helping things. 'The media is being used by SCO to sway public perception in their favor. Nothing more should be written about the matter until SCO reveals any and all the evidence it has,' said Kapor. The flummoxed Feline had a Dan Rather moment as he recalled his efforts to snag an interview with SCO head honcho Darl McBride. 'Shades of the CBS anchorman's sit-down with Saddam!' thought Spencer..."

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