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Computerworld Australia: Novell Hails Linux, Criticizes SCO

Aug 06, 2003, 14:30 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Krill)

"Novell officials at the 2003 LinuxWorld Conference & Expo on Tuesday hailed their company's commitment to Linux and even criticized The SCO Group for its attempts to extract licensing fees for use of the open source platform.

"In addition to stressing the benefits of the company's Monday acquisition of open source software vendor Ximian Inc., Novell said the GroupWise collaboration platform will run entirely on Linux, including the client and server, in the first half of 2004.

"But the most controversial statements during a joint Novell-Ximian press conference came at the tail end of the event, when Novell Chairman and CEO Jack Messman took a not-so-veiled shot at Unix vendor SCO, which is claiming that it owns the rights to Unix technologies in Linux and is therefore owed license fees by companies such as IBM Corp..."

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