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SD Times: SCO Suit: No Big Deal for Linux Adoption

Aug 18, 2003, 21:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward J. Correia)

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"Linus Torvalds shared his thoughts with SD Times just after the Kernel Summit in Ottawa in late July, at which close to 80 kernel developers met to discuss upcoming Linux kernel changes. He addressed the current lawsuit brought by The SCO Group against IBM Corp., its effect on Linux adoption and copyright laws, and how open-source development protects against propagation of proprietary intellectual property.

"SD Times: Have you been privy to which part(s) of Linux are in question?

"Linus Torvalds: The actual lawsuit is apparently a purely contractual issue between IBM and SCO, where SCO is unhappy about the fact that IBM made some of its own IP available to Linux. It all seems to boil down to the fact that SCO thinks that IBM should not have made read-copy-update code, and their file system code [available]. SCO feels that IBM thus unfairly helped a competitor of theirs..."

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