THE FEAR WAR AGAINST LINUX
Bruce Perens -- May 19, 2003
Microsoft's connection to the anti-Linux campaign being waged by the SCO
Group is becoming clear.
In the latest move, Microsoft has stepped up the battle with an
announced agreement to license SCO's Unix patents and the source code,
describing the deal as a reflection of its "ongoing commitment to
respecting intellectual property and the IT community's healthy exchange
of IP through licensing."
".. the reality is that Microsoft is tying SCO's allegations into its
own anti-GPL campaign, a mostly unsuccessful effort to convince
customers that the sharing and openness methods used in Linux
development are unhealthy for the market .."
"The real story here is the lack of substance to the SCO claims, and the
increasingly remote chance that its lawyers will prevail .."
Microsoft hardly needs an SCO source license. Its license payment to SCO
is simply a good-looking way to pass along a bribe, coupled with an
announcement designed to further intimidate Linux users. It's hard to
imagine former Microsoft adversaries SCO and David Boies doing Bill
Gates' bidding, but Microsoft's money is green. SCO stockholders should
be asking questions.
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