"How will the tech universe be altered if SCO prevails?
"'It would certainly put a dent in the growth of Linux,' Meta
Group analyst Thomas Murphy told NewsFactor. 'If SCO has the
intellectual-property rights, then that means they're going to be
the license holder, and any Linux distribution would pick up a
fee--potentially--from SCO for every single copy.'
"Given that one of Linux's biggest advantages is that it is
lower cost than proprietary software, this added fee 'would be
detrimental' to Linux adoption, Murphy said..."
"I suppose the folks running SCO Group have pretty tough hides
by now. After raising questions that go to the heart of open-source
software development, they have been accused of being everything
from low-rent hustlers to shameless flunkies for Microsoft.
"But what if SCO is right?
"That's clearly not the politically correct view these days,
which is to dismiss SCO's patent infringement lawsuit against IBM
as the frivolous invention of congenital scalawags. After examining
what SCO claims is offending code earlier this month, however, I
think the open-source community better prepare itself to face tough
criticism of its practices and ethics..."