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Re: [OS:N:] SCO Looks For Intellectual-Property Claim On Linux



Hi all,

Umm, I have a few thoughts on this...

"The most substantial intellectual property in Unix comes
from SCO," Chris Sontag, senior vice president for
SCOsource, said in a statement. "While Linux is an open-=20
source product, it shares philosophy, architecture, and
APIs with Unix. SCO will help customers legitimately combine
Linux and Unix technology to run thousands of Unix
applications."

I'm a littl unsure here of SCO's intentions. Is SCO merely concerned with its patents on people attempting to use its own APIs on Linux-based systems, or is it seeking royalties based on some aspect of the Linux kernel itself?


This is immensely confusing. What about GNU/Hurd? Does SCO think it owns patents on aspects of it? What about *BSD? Why single out 'Linux'.

I don't want to get into a debate here about 'Linux' vs 'GNU/Linux', but really, SCO is making itself very unclear - by itself, this announcement seems to imply some concern with the Linux kernel itself. Does anyone know of more detailed information on this? This announcement, whilst worrying, is also rather vague

As open-source software, volunteers have developed Linux
over the years. Most Linux users have assumed the operating
system, built by a team of developers headed by Linus
Torvalds, did not involve proprietary technology from Bell
Labs.

Linux (both as a kernel, and as an operating system, with GNU) does _not_ involve proprietary technology from Bell Labs. Not a speck of code. What is the point of the above paragraph, then? It seems to imply that Linux contains proprietary technology, yet it doesn't. Am I the only one who is somewhat confused, here?


Daniel Carter
Free Software enthusiast





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