More trouble for Linux

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    More trouble for Linux

    It looks like their bringing out the hounds on this one. Still, no court cases have been fought yet, but they wouldn't be doing this if there wasn't a chance would they? It is possible they're just on a search for quick royalties from scared companies though. What's your opinion?
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    News flash! A better operating system has already been made: click.

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    I'm a windows guy too, but I don't want to see competition stifled in court either.
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    Methinks the bright yellow bird is delusional.
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    Originally posted by Eibro
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    I totally agree with Eibro!
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    Sounds to me like SCO is taking some desparate measures to try to get the uninformed companies using Linux to pay them some money. Has SCO even proven their claims????
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    Open source is the wave of the future and surfs up dude.


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    Of course the little yellow bird is dillusional, but that has nothing to do with this. I use Windows too, but only because I like what it is. I don't like what it can be, and Linux can be much better, but it's not. To put it simply, I'd use Linux if it was more common.

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    Sorry, no one will be alloted a clue in this thread. They are on back-order until Tuesday.
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    Think about who benifits from this risky expensive legal action. Not Linux ? UNIX users, not SCO who are alienating all the open source developers.

    Who then?

    Strange how a MS report on Linux identified a copyright issue as the best way to slow down the open source movement and bingo! this pops up.

    Any bussiness thinking of not renewing their MS licences and moving to open source now has to contend with the possibility of a law suit.

    The longer the issue is unresolved the better for MS.

    "SCO claims it has a well thought out plan for licensing the Unix IP but remains reluctant to provide any details on the costs a business may face. The lack of information here leaves a nasty air of intrigue hanging over the matter, and we think SCO should speak up sooner rather than later."

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    A search of the US copyright Office reveals that SCO did not APPLY as a claimant for the UNIX system V software program until 30 June 2003.
    Now look when they started this legal action.
    How can you start a law suit for a copyright you DON'T own?
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    Of course, SCO has not proved yet in any court of law that there has been in fact any copying or copyright violation in Linux. As Trink Guarino, Director of IBM Media Relations, says, "IBM is not aware of any Unix System V Code in Linux. SCO needs to openly show this code before anyone can assess their claim. SCO seems to be asking customers to pay for a license based on allegations, not facts.
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    I agree with IBM in a way. If people are going to be using Unix then why shouldn't IBM be credited for their work?

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    Hopefully.
    I agree that OpenSource is good to a point, but there is also a point when companies should not release their code to the public.(Although many companies will sell technology(the rights for it, not complete ownership) for a price.) So in that case, I hope that OpenSource is not the 'wave of the future'.

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    Seriously tho, this may have been raised before...

    All those programmers/developers who've been contributing some minor/major parts of the source code for a certain open source software, how do we as users, esp those involved in running business, know for sure that the source code is clean, wholly from the creativity and effort of the programmers and not 'infringed' from some other software?

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    Originally posted by FloatingPoint
    Seriously tho, this may have been raised before...

    All those programmers/developers who've been contributing some minor/major parts of the source code for a certain open source software, how do we as users, esp those involved in running business, know for sure that the source code is clean, wholly from the creativity and effort of the programmers and not 'infringed' from some other software?
    Because OpenSource is compilable. If it's not clean, everyone will find out.
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