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Battle Over Linux: When a Win May Not be a Win

Sep 14, 2007, 19:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Downes)

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"In my very first column for CIO Insight, I described the efforts of software maker SCO Group to win through litigation what it failed to win through competition--victory over Linux, the popular open source operating system. SCO claims to be the rightful owner of the competing Unix operating system, and argues that large chunks of Unix source code have been illegally incorporated into Linux.

"The Byzantine litigation took an interesting turn last month when U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball ruled that Novell and not SCO owns the Unix source code..."

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