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NewsFactor: SCO, IBM and Outcomes-Based Circular Reasoning

May 01, 2005, 02:15 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)

"SCO's basic claim against IBM is simple. According to SCO, it is the legal successor to AT&T with respect to licensing of the AT&T Unix source code and its derivatives. IBM, SCO said, violated the contractual terms under which it has access to AT&T and related code by passing protected knowledge into the Linux development effort.

"As a result, SCO issued a stop-use order with the 100-day hiatus required under the contract, but IBM neither changed its behavior nor embarked on good-faith negotiations to settle the issue. SCO therefore asked the court to enforce its rights under the contract..."

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Groklaw: Eric Raymond on Minix and Linux

"I could probably even offer an educated guess who the submitter to Slashdot might have been, but whoever it was, the article is so wrong, it's hard to know where to begin. Leaving aside the rest of the screed (I do believe he called us idiots, for example) his 'evidence' is a quotation from Eric Raymond's 'The Cathedral and the Bazaar,' which others before him have also twisted to try to make the same point. I sent the excerpt to Eric, and asked for a comment, and Eric has provided a response..."

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