[svlug] Microsoft to license SCO

Bill Selmeier bills at right-net.com
Mon May 19 09:59:48 PDT 2003

On Mon, 19 May 2003, Karsten M. Self wrote:

> on Mon, May 19, 2003 at 08:37:12AM -0500, Richard J. Mancusi (vrman at bourbaki.us) wrote:
> > http://news.com.com/2100-1016_3-1007528.html
> >
> > What happens if SCO has GPL code in their Unix?
> The usual.  I really don't think that's the issue though -- Microsoft
> has just shown its hand here, and in an overtly conspicuous manner.
> Suggested reading:  http://www.aaxnet.com/editor/edit032.html
> Peace.
> --
> Karsten M. Self <kmself at ix.netcom.com>        http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
>  What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?
>     SCO is the thief who puts a gun to his own head and says give me
>     your money or I'll shoot.
>     -- Bruce Perens  http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=56225&&cid=5456337
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This from the ISP-Linux list:

From: Kai [mailto:vk6ksj at siwa.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 18 May 2003 2:31 PM
To: isp-linux at isp-linux.com
Subject: [isp-linux] Re: SCO THREATENS to SUE Linux USERS !

Not only do I think they're clutching at straws but <conspiracy theory>I

beleive a certain Redmond, Washington based company may be behind it in
some way or another.</conspiracy theory>

Tim Jung wrote:
> The problem with SCO's threat against users and other companies is
> they sold and gave away free copies of their own Linux with a major of
> standard software used by most distributions covered under the GPL. So
> them doing GPL releases themselves they have in effect given everyone
> the rights to any SCO work that might be in anything that was in
> Linux and licensed under the GPL or any other Open Source license that
> SCO/Caldera used when they released their own version of Linux as well
> their free versions of Linux.
> By the way SCO finally realized this and has stopped distributing a
> of Linux for the moment until this court crap is resolved. Here is a
> from their web site.
> http://www.caldera.com/products/scolinuxserver/
> "The sale of this SCO Linux product to new customers is currently
> due to intellectual property (IP) issues associated with the Linux
> operating system. Accordingly, SCO has announced the suspension of its
> Linux activities until the issues surrounding Linux IP and the
> risks are better understood and properly resolved. More information
can be
> found at the SCOsource home page. If you have any questions regarding
> matter, please contact SCO, toll free, at 1-888-465-4689."
> I suspect that their own release of Linux is going to throw a major
> into the works for them to try and sue anyone about when the defense
> the courts will ask why if they are claiming damages by Linux did they
> release a GPL version of Linux themselves for several years while they
> owned the SCO IP and trademarks and are only now seeking a legal
remedy in
> the courts, not to mention this is after they released and basically
> all their rights by releasing Linux software under the GPL.
> This is going to create a very serious problem for SCO in their legal
> against IBM and others. It still sounds like SCO/Caldera knows they
> going under so they are grasping at straws trying to find some way to
> survive and make money, even if it includes suing people and companies
> suing companies in the hopes that they will be bought out instead of
> to trial.
> Either way it strikes me as SCO/Caldera being a bunch of scum bags to
> going this route this late in the game when they have sold, supported,
> released Linux software for so long.
> Tim Jung
> System Admin
> Internet Gateway
> tjung at igateway.net

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