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NewsForge: Who is Telling the Truth, McBride or Torvalds?

Dec 25, 2003, 07:00 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"Who is telling the truth here? Logic tells us that both of them aren't. On one hand, we have Darl McBride, the man who apparently confuses threats to litigate with titillate, saying that a small number of files (less than 10, unless you count each multiple times the way SCO does) in Linux were copied from Unix. On the other, we have Linus Torvalds, the father of the Linux revolution, saying he knows firsthand that's not so.

"The proof of McBride's assertions seems to be nothing more telling than the fact that there are files by the same name in both Linux and SCO Unix. Why make preposterous claims with so little evidence to offer? That's a good question, and it deserves a good answer..."

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