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SCO, Novell: Grokking Where Credit is Due

Mar 31, 2010, 17:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"The next thing that ruined SCO's plans? Groklaw.

"Had things stayed in the boardrooms and courthouses, I do believe that the outcome of all of these cases might have turned out differently. Facts would have stayed buried. Companies might have been tempted to settle. The sheer arrogance of SCO might have been hidden behind friendly sounding press releases.

"That, I'm sure, is the way SCO wanted it to happen. And again, looking at the Linux community in 2003, that's what very likely could have happened. Remember, there was no central Linux organization to respond to this sort of thing. SCO would have quietly maneuvered its way through all of these lawsuits, even the claims made by Novell, and they may have had a better chance.

"But Pamela Jones and the community she built at Groklaw was the Linux response. Writing tirelessly alone at first, then gaining incredible volunteer support and contributions, Jones was able to build an incredible repository of information surrounding all of the cases involving SCO. Now, when claims were made, their veracity would be publicly examined and then confirmed or denied."

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