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Deluded SCO CEO on Witness Stand: "Linux is a Copy of UNIX"

May 02, 2008, 13:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wayne Richardson)

"McBride said that SCO holds the rights to UNIX and that 'many Linux contributors were originally UNIX developers.' Specifically, he said, 'We have evidence System V is in Linux,'--directly contradicting what Sontag had previously testified. Due to the witness exclusion rule invoked by both parties, McBride was not present during Sontag's testimony and wasn't aware of what had been said. McBride's claims also directly contradict internal SCO memos from 2002, which reveal that the company's own extensive source code audits had uncovered no UNIX code in Linux.

"McBride attempted to reinforce his argument with analogy. 'When you go to the bookstore and look in the UNIX section, there's books on 'How to Program UNIX' but when you go to the Linux section and look for 'How to Program Linux' you're not gonna find it, because it doesn't exist.' Then came the real humdinger, and my jaw dropped when I heard the following come out of his mouth: 'Linux is a copy of UNIX, there is no difference [between them]...'"

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