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TechNewsWorld: Indemnification and Linux Insanity

Oct 01, 2003, 11:30 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Recently, a letter from the Linux community to SCO supposedly addressed the concerns SCO has created in the industry about open-source software.

"However, the letter fails to accomplish its apparent goals and, in my opinion, actually increases SCO's short-term chances of successfully getting funding from large corporate Linux users. In fact, in reading the letter, I wondered whether it was actually written by someone being paid by SCO, which probably means I'm spending too much time with the open-source software folks and have begun to become as paranoid as they are about secret conspiracies.

"I really doubt there is a conspiracy here, but it is hard to understand why the Linux community would feel the need to write a widely distributed letter that once again would showcase the risk. As I look at the companies mentioned in the letter--and the implication that each one is apparently willing to go into litigation--I can only wonder what kinds of conversations are suddenly going on between IT, marketing and legal departments in those firms..."

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