[linux-elitists] Info on SCO Lawsuit

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Thu May 29 07:33:23 PDT 2003

begin Jonathan Corbet quotation of Wed, May 28, 2003 at 06:33:48PM -0600:

> But it's also bizarre and disturbing.  What little sense I've picked up
> over my years tells me that, when somebody who should know better seems to
> be acting in irrational ways, chances are good that I've missed something
> important.

Caldera, now SCO, has a new patent, but it doesn't seem to apply
to anything in the kernel.  Patent number 6,529,784.  Date of
application: February 29, 2000.  Date of grant: March 4, 2003.

"Method and apparatus for monitoring computer systems and alerting
users of actual or potential system errors"


Remember, any prior art for this has to be before the application date.

Claim 7 sounds like it should be easy to throw out; the changelog
for Debian's apt starts in 1998.

7. A method of recursively checking the dependency of a software
package, the method comprising:

identifying a first item upon which the software package depends

identifying a second item upon which the software package depends

repeating the steps of identifying the first item and identifying
the second item until substantially all items upon which the software
package depends have been identified.

Don Marti

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