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atNewYork.com: That Cloud of Uncertainty Over Linux

Dec 02, 2003, 14:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erin Joyce)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Open source advocates say IT research bears out their claims that the many flavors of Linux are making steady strides in enterprise deployments.

"But ask open source fans to comment on IBM's refusal to indemnify its Linux customers in the face of litigation over copyright disputes in some Linux code, and the arguments tend to turn to what are called specious claims by SCO Group.

"Lindon, Utah-based SCO claims that IBM broke a contract agreement and has pilfered a portion of SCO Group's UNIX System V Code into Linux versions 2.2, 2.4 and 2.5. IBM disputes the claims and asserts that it has a perpetual UNIX license, which SCO cannot legally revoke. The next Linux kernel release version, 2.6, is due out later this month.

"Open source advocates call SCO Group's legal fight an act of desperation by a company whose revenue outlook was cloudy, at best, prior to the lawsuits..."

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