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E-Commerce Times: As Good as It Gets for Linux?

Sep 03, 2003, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robyn Weisman)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"As 2003 dawned, Linux seemed poised to take off. This low-cost, open-source alternative to proprietary Windows and Unix systems had grown so robust and reliable that Fortune 1,000 corporations--entities not known for taking bold IT leaps--were beginning to migrate to it en masse. Meanwhile, giant vendors like IBM, HP and Oracle were basing more of their core offerings on the OS.

"But just when Linux seemed poised to scale new heights in its ongoing challenge of Microsoft, SCO crashed the ring like a deranged fan. In March, the company sued IBM for US$1 billion for allegedly using some of its proprietary Unix code without compensation. Earlier this month, SCO issued intellectual property licenses for entities using Linux, implying that anyone who chose not to buy a license would risk severe penalties..."

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