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
"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..."