[Linux-aus] JFS, SCO, IBM and OS/2
chris at csamuel.org
Wed Jun 18 08:32:02 UTC 2003
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"SCO Owns Your Computer"
Trevor Marshall writes that (amongst other things) SCO are claiming IP over
IBM's JFS that was ported to Linux, and that Linux stole SMP from UNIX.
To put SCO's claim in context regarding JFS it is well worth reading the first
question (which confusingly appears at the end of the file) in IBM's JFS for
Linux FAQ at:
Q1. What is the history of the source based use for the port of JFS for Linux.
The new Journaled File System, on which the Linux port was based, was
first shipped in OS/2 Warp Server for eBusiness in April, 1999, after
several years of designing, coding, and testing.
In December of 1999, a snapshot of the original OS/2 JFS
source was taken and work was begun to port JFS to Linux.
So does this mean that SCO are claiming ownership of OS/2 as well ?
As for SMP, some basic history on the part of SCO regarding their own
involvement as Caldera in the development of SMP in Linux would not go amiss.
They should really read this now rather ironic credit from Alan Cox's website
regarding the development of SMP for Linux at:
At the moment I am developing using a Caldera provided ASUS P54PNIP4
motherboard with 32Mb of RAM
Indeed, Caldera (now SCO) have a rather prominent banner at the top of the
page in recognition of their support for the development of SMP. This page
is archived at the Internet Archive's wayback machine as of December 11th
1997 in substantially the same form, except the motherboard only had 16Mb at
that time. Alan's page still has a PICS timestamp from April 1996 of
"1996.04.16T08:15-0500", identical to that of the page on the Wayback
To add insult to injury, SCO claim credit for their assistance in the
development of SMP on their own website at:
- Early support of the SMP development effort (hardware provided to the
SMP development team)
Making them an accomplice. Perhaps they should sue themselves as well ?
Chris, a rather annoyed longtime Linux user..
Chris Samuel : http://csamuel.org/ : Melbourne, VIC
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