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eWeek: Open-Source Community Approaches SCO

Aug 19, 2003, 14:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

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"The current NDA is completely unreasonable and will prejudice the ability of any of us to do our job going forward if we sign it. We feel that SCO needs to be reasonable about granting access to the offending code.

"'But the open-source and Linux community also needs to be reasonable, so while we feel the evidence overwhelmingly supports our stance that Linux is not an unauthorized derivative of Unix, we want to be able to look at the offending code without prejudicing our future careers and so that we can remove any offending code, even if that is a million lines,' Jeff Gerhardt, an active member of the community told eWEEK on Monday.

"He also handed out copies of an e-mail message from Linux luminary Eric Raymond, the president of the Open Source Initiative, which was sent to Gerhardt on Monday and in which Raymond said that if there was infringing code in the Linux kernel, 'our community wants no part of it and will remove it...'"

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