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Infoconomy: McNealy: "Don't touch" Linux Without Legal Guarantees

Aug 01, 2003, 20:30 (52 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominic Tonner)

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"Scott McNealy, the chairman, president and CEO of systems vendor Sun Microsystems, has dramatically warned companies of the legal dangers of using open source software such as the Linux operating system.

"Following on from SCO Group's threats to sue Linux users over its intellectual property claims, McNealy told an audience of UK businesses that they should steer clear of open source software unless their suppliers can offer insurance against such legal action.

"'Don't touch open source software unless you have a team of intellectual property lawyers prepared to scour every single piece [of the open source code]. We offer indemnification, but many suppliers do not. A lot of companies are going to get very disappointed as we move forward. It will become a very challenging intellectual property issue,' he told Sun's Technology Forum in St Andrews, Scotland, this week..."

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