SCO sue IBM re Linux Sys V Copyright. Maybe patent danger later?
jhs at berklix.org
Sat May 17 07:13:48 PDT 2003
Santa Cruz Organisation are sueing IBM Linux & suspending their own
(not IBM's) Linux operations, claiming intellectual property
infringement (of System V base.), so said mailed their distributor
mail list & their http://www.sco.com/scosource/letter_to_linux_customers.htm
Tarnishing Linux will help Microsoft discourage people from Unix.
A Software Patent Danger Later ?
A while back SCO announced intention to vigorously protect all their
supposed rights, inc. not just copyright but software patents I recall.
Software patents are a danger to the public source community,
inc. all of BSD Linux Mach Minix FreeDOS FSF/Hurd etc,
Worst nightmare is Microsoft (or some parasite that may not even
write code) acquiring software patents, (either deliberately,
or by accidentaly acquiring them while buying other companies),
... & later attacking Linux & BSD & all else.
Who might SCO target next ?
SCO is/ was a relatively big company in PC Unix software, &
they've not been doing too well (AFAIR) for some time. The
temptation to parasitise with patents may increase (& if not
them maybe someone else). Do SCO have enough revenue generators
to avoid temptation ? They tried adopting Linux to reduce
software development costs (their own `Open Server' is IMO a
`crock'). Their major asset, a senior SCO man admitted to me,
was their customer list, but with customers knowing Caldera/SCO
had all of OpenServer/Unixware/Linux available, it must have
been difficult to support, & perhaps harder still, if perceived
as a "Me Too" provider of Linux at a high price ?
It'd be good to see BSD advocates who promote BSD at exhibitions
etc, also providing anti software patent leaflets to visitors, to
get a change in the law, to counter the mounting danger of future
parasitism from ever increasing software patents.
Disclaimer: Some of this is speculative (& some not). Research yourself.
Julian Stacey Freelance Internet Consultant & Systems Engineer, Muenchen.
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