"IBM's latest filing in the SCO case looks particularly damning;
it may finally be curtains for SCO. But even if the judge dismisses
the suit tomorrow, Linux customers won't be able to rest easy. As
Bruce Perens reminds us, the Microsoft/Novell partnership has
brought a host of new intellectual property issues to bear. And so,
the cold war between Microsoft and open source software lumbers on
into another year.
"As with the real Cold War between the United States and the
Soviet Union, the chief instruments of this conflict are fear and
intimidation. So long as the threat of lawsuits looms, customers
will hesitate before deploying open source..."
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