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ZDNet: Is This The End of Free Linux?

Jul 23, 2003, 11:30 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Farber)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"One of the key attractions of Linux is that it's reliable, capable, continuously improving and free. Millions of Linux servers are installed in corporations, and desktop Linux is beginning to get some notice. If SCO has its way, however, the Linux community will suffer a setback but longer term will prevail...

"What if a business chooses not to buy a license to UnixWare, which is a logical choice for now? SCO's legal counsel David Boies, from Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, said that a possibility exists for some case-by-case litigation. 'It's unlikely we would have to try very many cases before a resolution is complete,' Boies said.

"You have to wonder which big companies running or selling Linux they would prosecute first--and win a favorable judgment--to try to bring the others in line. Other than Sun and Microsoft, who are not the biggest fans of Linux, no other major vendor so far has paid SCO for a Unix license. SCO could go after almost any Fortune 500 company or Red Hat or SuSE as a test case for its claims..."

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