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boston.internet.com: MontaVista Says SCO Not A Threat to Embedded Linux

Aug 25, 2003, 13:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

"Embedded Linux specialist MontaVista Software Thursday, looking to assure embedded Linux customers that they have little to worry about from questions about Linux's legal status, joined the growing list of Linux distribution firms rebutting the claims of SCO Group that Linux is an unauthorized derivation of its Unix intellectual property.

"On Aug. 5, SCO began offering the SCO Intellectual Property License for Linux, telling commercial Linux customers that they must buy the license to 'avoid infringement of SCO's intellectual property rights in Linux 2.4 and Linux 2.5 kernels.'

"SCO claimed its rights include embedded versions of Linux: 'A license is required for each embedded system that is using SCO IP in a commercial distribution of Linux. The embedded license grant is for a single CPU, irrespective of the number of users of the embedded device,' SCO said in a statement on Aug. 5, adding that the license costs $32 per single CPU, embedded device..."

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