Interview in Byte with Chris Sontag/SCO and FUD relating to
Greg 'groggy' Lehey
grog at FreeBSD.org
Tue Jun 17 19:31:59 PDT 2003
On Tuesday, 17 June 2003 at 6:08:06 -0600, M. Warner Losh wrote:
> In message: <3EEF00E4.9000908 at freebsd.mheller.org>
> Martin Heller <tracking at freebsd.mheller.org> writes:
>> Will the FreeBSD project issue an offical statement relating to these
>> What will happen to FreeBSD if SCO aims at the BSD projects. Could SCO
>> revoke the Settlement Agreement and pursue a court ruling?
> This is not an official statement from the project.
> There is not now, nor has there *EVER* been *ANY* System V code in
> BSD. *EVER*. NEVER. NEVER. NEVER.
Agreed. The fact that Sontag even mentions this detracts further from
an already very stupid interview. I've put an analysis at
> The IP connected with the BSD suit of the early 1990s derived from
> pre System V and System III versions of Unix. In fact, Version 7
> unix has more Berkeley copyrights in it than AT&T copyright notices.
The Seventh Edition? Nope, as far as I can tell there's no BSD code
there. In /usr/src:
$ find .|xargs grep -i "bell telephone"|wc -l
$ find .|xargs grep -i berkeley
Binary file ./cmd/learn/lib/C.a matches
./cmd/refer/test:new providence murray hill berkeley heights
$ find .|xargs grep -i california|wc -l
Most of the "Bell Telephone" lines were indeed copyrights. Or did you
mean something else?
> The settlement terms specifically state that SCO cannot sue anybody
> who makes a release based on 4.4-LITE. The settlement agreement is
> BINDING on both parties. SCO cannot revoke it, and will have a hell
> of a legal fight if they try.
That depends on how much money we can put into the legal fight. But
they don't need to do that: they can simply make the same claim that
they did about Linux, that somebody has since imported UNIX code into
the tree. The settlement has nothing to do with that.
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