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CNET News: Code Red for Open Source?

May 02, 2003, 14:30 (56 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"McBride's accusation cuts to the heart of the open-source movement's legal and philosophical underpinnings.

"As part of its billion-dollar lawsuit against IBM, which charges that Big Blue misappropriated SCO's Unix trade secrets and built them into Linux, SCO hired several consultants to compare the source codes of the two operating systems.

"'We're finding...cases where there is line-by-line code in the Linux kernel that is matching up to our UnixWare code,' McBride said in an interview. In addition, he said, 'We're finding code that looks likes it's been obfuscated to make it look like it wasn't UnixWare code--but it was...'"

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