SCO to offer Linux licenses


— 2:34 AM on July 22, 2003

Wired is reporting that SCO will offer commercial Linux licenses to those who wish to avoid future litigation. SCO has yet to prove its case in a court of law, but they were just granted a US copyright for the Unix System V source code.

During a conference call on Monday, SCO chief exec Darl McBride said that there was no way to "fix" Linux by simply removing a few chunks of code that SCO claims violate its copyrights.

According to McBride, virtually every bit of code that allows Linux kernel 2.4 (or later) to function as an enterprise class, scalable operating system was derived directly or indirectly from Unix System V. SCO obtained rights to System V from Novell.

For now, it appears that SCO will only be targeting Linux use in enterprise environments. Of course, SCO prefers that companies purchase Linux licenses rather than challenge the legitimacy of SCO's copyright infringement claims. Because of the high costs associated with litigation, many companies may simply buy up Linux licenses to avoid future hassle, even as the SCO's case against IBM remains unproven.
 
   
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