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CNET News: The Fear War Against Linux

May 19, 2003, 23:30 (11 Talkback[s])
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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.'

"Nice rhetoric.

"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...)"

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