"Linux vendors are under attack. In March, IBM was sued for $1
billion by The SCO Group, of Lindon, Utah, which claims IBM has put
SCO's Unix code into Linux, the open-source software program. SCO
also has sent letters to 1,500 large companies warning them that if
they are using Linux, they may face legal problems. Though IBM is
the only company named in SCO's lawsuit, other Linux vendors, like
Red Hat and SuSE Linux, could suffer collateral damage.
"So how are the Linux companies fighting back? IBM put out a
statement saying it will fight SCO's claim and has issued bulletins
to its sales force, providing talking points to use with customers.
Red Hat is posting pro-Linux commentary and analyst reports on its
Web site. SuSE Linux, a German company, claims customers aren't
scared by the SCO lawsuit. Everyone has seen through this,' a SuSE
"In other words, like many religious folk, the Linux-loving
crunchies in the open-source movement are a) convinced of their own
righteousness, and b) sure the whole world, including judges, will
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