[Linux-aus] Caldera/SCO suing IBM for $1B (not good news for linux)

Tony Nugent tony at linuxworks.com.au
Sun Mar 9 19:15:02 UTC 2003

Below is a clip from a message that was forwarded to one of the
redhat mailing lists that I'm subscribed to.  (Sorry, I have no idea
where the fwd was originally taken from).

This is not good news (and I suspect that there's a lot more to this
story than meets the eye).

SCO has posted its legal submission on the net:


(BTW, for some reason I haven't been able to reach slashdot.org or
wired.com for the last few hours at least).

 Tony Nugent <Tony*linuxworks.com.au>
 LinuxWorks  Gold Coast Qld Australia

------ Forwarded message from Biju Chacko -----

Date: 08 Mar 2003 12:27:10 +0530
Subject: Boycott Caldera/SCO Products


The SCO Group (aka Caldera Systems) has launched a major threat to
the Linux OS by suing IBM for $1 billion for IP violations. Their
core argument is that Linux would have remained a hobbyist OS if IBM
had not leaked SCO's Unix IP into it.

This is bad because:

o It creates a lot of FUD about the legality of linux and the safety
  of corporate IP when Free/Open Source Software is used.

o It implies that we (the Free and Open Source community) do not have
  the competence to produce quality software without stealing IP.

This, therefore, is a call to boycott all Caldera and SCO products.
Do not use or recommend the use of:

* Caldera OpenLinux
* SCO Linux
* SCO OpenServer
* SCO UnixWare

For more information:


Please take this seriously.


------- End of Forwarded Message

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