SCO claims Unix source code copied, word for word
C|Net has a story detailing SCO's claims that its Unix source code was ripped off and used in Linux:
"We're finding...cases where there is line-by-line code in the Linux kernel that is matching up to our UnixWare code," McBride said in an interview. In addition, he said, "We're finding code that looks likes it's been obfuscated to make it look like it wasn't UnixWare code--but it was."
Making matters more interesting is the fact that SCO is unwilling to reveal which lines of code have been copied. That evidence will eventually have to be presented in court, but some Linux advocates fear that this is all an elaborate scheme by SCO to discredit Linux. Some in the Linux community have even volunteered to look at and possibly replace any offending lines of code, but that's not been enough for SCO:
"This is not about 10 lines of code, it's about 20 years of extremely valuable intellectual property we're trying to protect...Am I supposed to lie down and not say anything about it?" McBride said. "There's a certain point here where you stand up for what's right and let the chips fall where they will."
Of course, there are those who suggest that source code really wants to be free, but source code doesn't need a roof over its head or food in its stomach. Source code isn't lusting after a shiny new convertible, either.