SCO suspends Linux sales, Torvalds reacts
Litigation-happy SCO drops another bombshell on the open-source community
By: Joe Barr
May. 14, 2003 12:00 AM
(LinuxWorld) SCO's latest bombshell came today when the troubled firm announced they are suspending further sales of its own version of Linux.
In a letter to SCO partners, CEO and President Darl McBride said the company is "alerting commercial users to the fact that legal liability for the use of Linux by businesses may extend to end users."
McBride said the reason for the suspension of the sale of SCO's version of Linux was because "SCO has found compelling evidence that the Linux operating system contains unauthorized SCO UNIX intellectual property."
Linus Torvalds, father of the Linux kernel and leader of the open-source project that has captured the imagination of the entire IT world, had this reaction when I asked if he had a comment on the latest SCO news:
Not much of a comment. I'd personally just like to know what they claim infringes, since they themselves seem to be quite confused about it (at one point they said that it wasn't the kernel but something else, and at another point they said it was).
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