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Yahoo/PRNewswire: SCO Group Terminates IBM/Sequent's Contract to Use, License Dynix

Aug 13, 2003, 14:30 (46 Talkback[s])


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"The SCO Group (SCO) delivered final written notice yesterday to Sequent Computer Systems for termination of its UNIX System V software contract. Sequent is now owned by IBM. The Sequent (IBM) contract was terminated for improper transfer of Sequent's UNIX source code and development methods into Linux. As a result, IBM no longer has the right to use or license the Sequent UNIX product known as 'Dynix/ptx.' Customers may not acquire a license in Dynix/ptx from today's date forward.

"SCO's System V UNIX contract allowed Sequent to prepare derivative works and modifications of System V software 'provided the resulting materials were treated as part of the Original [System V] Software.' Restrictions on use of the Original System V Software include the requirement of confidentiality, a prohibition against transfer of ownership, and a restriction against use for the benefit of third parties. Sequent-IBM has nevertheless contributed approximately 148 files of direct Sequent UNIX code to the Linux 2.4 and 2.5 kernels, containing 168,276 lines of code..."

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