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Everybody in the open source world and in IT in general knows that the forces of open source software development will quickly replace any code SCO shows as being clearly infringing of any SCO rights. SCO knows this. You know this. My grandma might even know this. Yet, no rational individual or company is going to pay SCO's licensing fee for use of Linux until SCO can show that there is infringing code. This is true no matter whether that SCO license costs $699, $1399, $32, or 10 cents. To prove that the code infringes, SCO needs to win in a court and for SCO to win, SCO needs to pass legal tests or analysis. These legal tests will require opening of the SCO code base and history at least within the confines of the court and identifying the allegedly infringing areas of Linux. SCO can't just release the code for all to see however because open source developers will ... (more)

SCO Admits To Not Knowing Own Code History in Recent Q&A

From the start, questions have surrounded the process and people SCO used to determine the alleged code violations in Linux. There is the phantom MIT mathematics department team which MIT itself can’t identify and which SCO has since said were people with former MIT mathematics department relationships, not MIT employees.  These former MIT people have still not stepped forward and given anyone an indication that they are up to the task, what methods they used, or that they even exist.    The MIT problem casts doubt on the process SCO uses to identify allegedly infringing code ... (more)

Red Hat Is "Growing Up"

Today’s confirmation from the Red Hat Network that support for Red Hat 7.x and 8.0 is ending in December 2003 and that Red Hat 9.0 support will end in April, 2004, has all the trappings of a company that is growing up and growing out of its freely downloadable history. I sadly mark it as an end of an era - and yet another sign of the OSS movement moving toward the enterprise and maturing as it goes. As a Red Hat user since 1995, I know there are simply too many people in my boat for us to go without great alternatives going forward. Perhaps these will come from within Red Hat, b... (more)

After Ubuntu, Windows Looks Increasingly Bad, Increasingly Archaic, Increasingly Unfriendly

My recent switch to a single-boot Ubuntu setup on my Thinkpad T60 simply floors me on a regular basis. Most recently it's had to do with the experience of maintaining the software. Fresh from a very long Windows 2000 experience and a four-month Windows XP experience along with a long-time Linux sys admin role puts me in a great position to assess Ubuntu. Three prior attempts over the years at using Linux as my daily desktop OS had me primed for failure. Well, Ubuntu takes Linux where I've long hoped it would go - easy to use, reliable, dependable, great applications too but more ... (more)

Bruce Perens on UserLinux

Bruce Perens, cofounder of the Open Source Initiative and long-time leader of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, announced plans at the November 2003 Desktop Linux Consortium event in Boston to start a project called UserLinux. UserLinux is to be a Linux distribution based on a subset of Debian that will target large and small business desktops and servers. Bruce is currently continuing negotiations with his customers while also beginning to put the first broad brush strokes on UserLinux as a technology. A key aspect of the UserLinux strategy is to build on a solid open source s... (more)