CNET News: The Fear War Against Linux
May 19, 2003, 23:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)
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"Microsoft's connection to the anti-Linux campaign being waged
by the SCO Group is becoming clear.
In the latest move, Microsoft has stepped up the battle with an
announced agreement to license SCO's Unix patents and the source
code, describing the deal as a reflection of its 'ongoing
commitment to respecting intellectual property and the IT
community's healthy exchange of IP through licensing.'
"This comes after SCO just last week sent a letter to big IT
customers, threatening legal action. And the reality is that
Microsoft is tying SCO's allegations into its own anti-GPL
campaign, a mostly unsuccessful effort to convince customers that
the sharing and openness methods used in Linux development are
unhealthy for the market. (SCO has gone so far as to publish
'Quotations from Linux Leaders,' a collection of inaccurate and
out-of-context quotes of GNU Public License creator Richard
Stallman and myself to paint Linux developers as nothing better
than software pirates...)"