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Torvalds, SCO Trade Media Blows

Aug 21, 2003, 15:00 (17 Talkback[s])
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eWeek: Torvalds Slams SCO

[ Thanks to David for this link. ]

"eWEEK: What are your views on the lines of "offending" code that SCO showed this week and the thousands of other lines of code it claims are also illegally in Linux?

"Torvalds: The code SCO showed represents an algorithm that can be used to manage a computer's memory...Not a very interesting piece of code in itself, this is very basic 'allocate a smaller chunk of memory out of a list of bigger chunks.' The function is described in a lot of places, and exists in original Unix code and is apparently written by Ken Thompson himself. It shows up in the Lion book (a commentary on the traditional Unix), and the code is described in [Maurice J.] Bach's "The Design of the Unix Operating System." In other words, it's not only 30 years old; it's actually been documented several times. It's also part of BSD Unix, which was shown to not be a derived work of the AT&T copyrights 10 years ago..."

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NewsForge: The SCO Group Responds to Torvalds

[ Thanks to Joe Barr for this link. ]

"Yesterday morning, Linus Torvalds told NewsForge 'He's lying' when we asked him for a comment on remarks by Darl McBride, CEO of The SCO Group, claiming there are a million lines of SCO code in Linux. This morning, we have a response to Torvalds' comment by Blake Stowell, the Director of Public Relations for The SCO Group..."

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