SCO vs. Linux: Evil Decides to Take on Good
"All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough
good men to do nothing"
- Edmund Burke (1729-1797), British statesman, parliamentary orator
For those who are familiar with the SCO vs. IBM lawsuit [ http://www.vnunet.com/Specials/1141951
], there is no doubt that it's turning into an outrage [ http://www.linuxworld.com/story/33976.htm
] for many. By all appearances, SCO is trying to hijack the hard work of thousands
of programmers by claiming Linux is "loaded" with proprietary copyright'd code.
It therefore claims it is a derivitive work and falls under the control of the Licensor
(SCO). In other words, they claim to own Linux. The possible penalty for Linux users?
A royalty to be paid by every Linux user, directly to SCO. Yours truly, Darl McBride,
the stunningly narcissistic CEO of The SCO Group stated, "[..] We'd want a settlement
and royalty [on Linux] going forward." [ http://www.internetwk.com/breakingNews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=13100619
The open source community, the actual owners of Linux, are not sitting idly by. Indeed, they are rising to the challenge [ http://armedndangerous.blogspot.com/2003_08_17_armedndangerous_archive.html#106157186387886957 ]. Advocates like Greg Lehey [ http://www.lemis.com/grog/SCO/code-comparison.html ], Eric Raymond [ http://www.catb.org/~esr/ ], Bruce Perens [ http://perens.com/ ], and others [ http://radio.weblogs.com/0120124/ ] are the front lines warriors in a battle of flaming arrows. Even Linus Torvald, the creator of Linux, has had enough [ http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/09/10/HNtorvaldssco_1.html ]. There are many other prominent, intelligent people who have come to the defense of the open source community, including Eben Moglen [ http://emoglen.law.columbia.edu/ ], Lawrence Lessig [ http://www.openp2p.com/lpt/a/577 ], Amy Wohl [ http://amywohl.weblogger.com/ ] and Dr. Edgar Villanueva [ http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=6099 ].
We hope you enjoy our highlight on the absurdity of this trial. From the aggressive, frivilous claims to the villian personified claiming to be a victim, we will chronicle the most noteworthy items. America used to stand for honest, hard work. Businesses were rewarded by the fruits of their labor. People earned an honest living putting in a hard days work. In contrast, the past decade has revealed a level of US corporate dishonesty so grotesque and unconscionable that companies like SCO are immediately suspect when their claims seem to be associated with selfish, personal monetary gain and notoriety.
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