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InformationWeek: Microsoft Coy About Unix Code

Jun 17, 2003, 08:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Foley)

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"When Microsoft revealed recently it was licensing SCO Group's Unix software, some interpreted it as an opportunistic bid by Microsoft to undermine Linux by not only endorsing SCO Group's controversial intellectual-property claims, but by also funding SCO Group's bold legal strategy. An interesting theory, but one that overlooks an important point: Microsoft may need SCO's Unix code.

"Microsoft officials don't have a whole lot to say on the subject. Though they often talk openly about future products, they're tight-lipped when asked what the company will do with the Unix System V source code now at the company's disposal. Back on May 19, when SCO Group disclosed the deal, Microsoft senior VP and general counsel Brad Smith issued a two-sentence statement saying the deal 'helps to ensure IP compliance across Microsoft solutions and supports our efforts around existing products like Services for Unix that further Unix interoperability...'"

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