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Sydney Morning Herald: SCO May Not Know Origin of Code, Says Australian UNIX Historian

Sep 09, 2003, 15:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

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"More doubts have been cast on the heritage of System V Unix code, which the SCO Group claims as its own, by an Australian who runs the Unix Heritage Society.

"Dr Warren Toomey, now a computer science lecturer at Bond University, said today: 'I'd like to point out that SCO (the present SCO Group) probably doesn't have an idea where they got much of their code. The fact that I had to send SCO (the Santa Cruz Organisation or the old SCO) everything up to and including Sys III says an awful lot.'

"He said that even though SCO owned the copyright on Sys III, a few years ago it did not have a copy of the source code. 'I was dealing with one of their people at the time, trying to get some code released under a reasonable licence. I sent them the code as a gesture because I knew they did not have a copy,' he said with a chuckle..."

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