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ZDNet: Linux Wars: Big Blue Strikes Back

Jul 28, 2003, 14:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"IBM has launched a counterstrike against SCO Group's attack on Linux users, arguing that SCO's demands for Unix license payments are undermined by its earlier shipment of an open-source Linux product.

"IBM's assertion came in a message to its sales force Thursday evening, four days after SCO said Linux users must pay the company for a Unix license or face possible legal action. SCO Group, owner of the Unix intellectual property, contends that Unix code was illegally copied line by line into Linux and that companies such as IBM illegally transferred improvements made to Unix into Linux...

"'SCO itself has distributed Linux under the GNU General Public License (GPL), which grants a free copyright license and requires that users be granted the right to freely redistribute the code free of claims,' Bob Samson, vice president of IBM's systems sales, said in the message, which was seen by CNET IBM confirmed the authenticity of the memo. 'SCO has not explained how it can now make a claim in the face of its distribution of Linux under these terms,' Samson said..."

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