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eWeek: SCO Run-Time License Ready

Sep 09, 2003, 14:00 (19 Talkback[s])
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"The SCO Group has been threatening corporate Linux users with legal action unless they obtain a license for its intellectual property, but until now, businesses have been unable to buy that license.

"The Lindon, Utah, company last week began selling its SCO Intellectual Property License for Linux, a run-time license that lets buyers use the company's intellectual property that is contained in Linux distributions, company officials told eWEEK. SCO, which is suing IBM for more than $3 billion and says Linux is an illegal derivative of Unix, announced the license last month. The license protects customers using Linux 2.4 and Linux 2.5 kernels from infringing on SCO intellectual property rights, officials said.

"Despite the availability of the new license, some Linux users have been unable to obtain one—or, in some cases, even inquire about it. Linux reseller Gary Sandine, chief technology officer at Los Alamos Computers, in Los Alamos, N.M., which owns and ships many GNU Linux computers, said that despite numerous calls to SCO, he has been unable to talk directly to a salesperson..."

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