[linux-elitists] SCO drops its bomb

Ron Guerin ron@vnetworx.net
Mon Jun 16 14:19:03 PDT 2003

On Mon, 2003-06-16 at 17:06, Don Marti wrote:
> http://news.com.com/2008-1082_3-1017308.html
>   When we take a top-tier view of the amount of code showing up inside of
>   Linux today that is either directly related to our Unix System 5 that we
>   directly own or is related to one of our flavors of Unix that we have
>   derivative works rights over--we don't necessarily own those flavors,
>   but we have control rights over how that information gets
>   disseminated--the amount is substantial. We're not talking about just
>   lines of code; we're talking about entire programs. We're talking about
>   hundred of thousands of lines of code.
>   Where people get a little confused is when they think of SCO Unix as
>   just the Unix that runs the cash register at McDonalds. We think of this
>   as a tree. We have the tree trunk, with Unix System 5 running right down
>   the middle of the trunk. That is our core ownership position on Unix.
>   Off the tree trunk, you have a number of branches, and these are the
>   various flavors of Unix. HP-UX, IBM's AIX, Sun Solaris, Fujitsu,
>   NEC--there are a number of flavors out there. SCO has a couple of
>   flavors, too, called OpenServer and UnixWare. But don't confuse the
>   branches with the trunk. The System 5 source code, that is really the
>   area that gives us incredible rights, because it includes the control
>   rights on the derivative works that branch off from that trunk. 

After reading this, I'd say Microsoft got off cheap then, because MSDOS,
as well as the NT codebase are clearly derivatives of SCO's "IP".

I guess FreeDOS is in trouble now too.  Any deep pockets?

- Ron

All your OS are belong to us. -- SCO

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