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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Fact or FUD? Attorney Offers Views on SCO Allegations

Aug 28, 2003, 23:30 (32 Talkback[s])
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"Administrator: My company's execs don't want to use Linux now because of the SCO lawsuit. We use a lot of IBM hardware and software, and our IT shop wants to use Linux. Are there ways to protect my company from the fallout of the SCO suit if we begin to use more Linux?

"Nathan: This topic can the subject of substantial discussion and analysis and is best addressed on a case-by-case basis.

"While risk sensitivity is certainly understandable in this economic climate, there are reasonable means to evaluate the level of risk posed by SCO's allegations and to pursue the Linux path without undue risk. For example, there are several firms (including Olliance Group, with which I am affiliated) that can review the source code and licensing agreements in order to help organizations understand the extent of any risk associated with open-source code and Linux. In addition, your organization can separate itself from this potential risk by making [an] inquiry to your software provider regarding the sources of its code and requesting that your software/service provider insulate you from exposure to a claim by SCO..."

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