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Linux Business Week: Can CA Save Linux from the Great Satan SCO?

Dec 23, 2003, 02:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Maureen O'Gara)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"It's dawned on Computer Associates that IBM pays it royalties for the SMP technology in AIX, IBM's version of Unix, because of the work done long ago by Unix icon Locus Computing Corporation.

"CA says it owns the Locus IP by virtue of its huge $3.5 billion cash purchase of Platinum technology Inc in 2000. See, Platinum had bought Locus in a stock swap in, oh, 1995.

"Now, of course, the SCO Group has made a big megillah about the SMP facilities that found their way into Linux. It claims that IBM ripped the widgetry out of Sequent's Dynix version of Unix, which SCO alleges it had dibs on, and threw it over the wall to Linux to make Linux enterprise-fit..."

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