"A lot of Linux users are keeping a watchful eye on SCO Group's
lawsuit against IBM and wondering what it means for them. For many
Linux users, that question may not be answerable in the immediate
future. SCO Group's allegations that IBM violated its Unix
licensing by feeding Unix source code to the Linux community could
threaten companies that have gotten comfortable with the
open-source operating system.
"But SCO customers don't have to worry. SCO Group has assured
its Linux customers that any company that's paying for Linux
software and services from SCO Group is already paying for SCO's
ComputerWire: Linux Distributors Appear to be Safe From
"Linux distributors are safe from legal action by The SCO Group
Inc, because the company does not want to destroy Linux, according
to SCO's SVP and general manager of the SCOsource intellectual
property enforcement division, Chris Sontag.
"Although the Lindon, Utah-based Unix operating system vendor is
sticking by its claims that Linux contains code that has been
illegally copied from its Unix System V, it appears the company is
unlikely to follow up its $3bn lawsuit against IBM Corp with
similar actions against Red Hat Inc, SuSE Linux AG or others.
"'One of the reasons we haven't launched a suit against a Linux
distributor is because of the GPL [open source General Public
License],' Sontag told ComputerWire. 'It would blow up the GPL and
destroy Linux and we do not want to do that...'"
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