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LWN: A Look at the SCO Complaint

Mar 07, 2003, 20:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

"SCO has put its complaint against IBM on the web for all to see. It makes interesting reading for those who are interested in this case, or in possible challenges to Linux in general. What follows is a quick summary of SCO's claims.

"The first half of the complaint is dedicated to establishing SCO's claim to the Unix tradmark and source code. There is also some talk of the licensing agreements for that source, and SCO's wisdom in building a version of Linux for Intel processors. Unix, they say, is a great thing:

"The recent rise of the global technology economy has been powered in large part by UNIX. Virtually every mission critical financial application in the world is powered by UNIX, including electronic transfers of funds. Real time stock trades are powered by UNIX. Inventory controls and distributions are powered by UNIX. All major power grids and all major telecommunications systems are powered by UNIX. Many satellite control and defense control systems are powered by UNIX. Virtually every large corporation in the world currently operates part or all of its information technology systems on a UNIX operating system..."

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