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eWeek: From Lotus to Linux

Jul 22, 2003, 20:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Software pioneer Mitch Kapor, co-founder of Lotus Development Corp. and creator of the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, is keeping busy as chair of the Open Source Applications Foundation. Kapor sat down at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore., this month to share his views with eWEEK Senior Editor Peter Galli.

"What is your take on the lawsuit [The] SCO [Group] has brought against IBM and its claims that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix?

"My interpretation is that the suit was brought by a group of people who are pursuing litigation in the absence of a business strategy. The sad thing is that history has proven they don't need the facts on their side and that in many cases your opponent will ultimately settle with you in a profitable way. That's what this is about. I really believe that if there is a problem--and I'm not saying that there is--that it can't be rapidly fixed, given the 10,000 developers working on open source. This litigation technique has been used by the management of the company before..."

Do you think IBM will settle or fight it in court?

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