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TechNewsWorld: DOJ Bans Linux from US in Wake of iWidget Brouhaha

Apr 01, 2004, 23:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kirk L. Kroeker)

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"In a bizarre twist of fate for the burgeoning Linux community, the U.S. Department of Justice has banned Linux from the United States.

"The DOJ ruling comes after Darl McBride, CEO of SCO Group, and Linus Torvalds, original developer of the Linux kernel, agreed to arm wrestle over the disputed code in lieu of seeking a court ruling. Overall, SCO has been the subject of a great deal of criticism from the open-source community after charging that its proprietary Unix System V source code was illegally used in IBM's AIX operating system and Linux distributions.

"With full approval from IBM to have Torvalds represent its interests, the arm-wrestling match was held last night in Dodger Stadium here in Los Angeles before a packed crowd of mostly bespectacled onlookers. Bill Gates and Richard Stallman agreed to officiate the match, which the wrestlers in advance agreed would settle the SCO-IBM dispute once and for all..."

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