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Thread: SCO selling Linux licenses online

  1. #1
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    Dec 2002


    Controversial software seller the SCO Group has launched an online-ordering site for companies that want to use the open-source Linux operating system with SCO's blessing.

    The Web site debuted quietly last week. It enables companies that use Linux to purchase a license that covers SCO's Unix System V, portions of which SCO claims were illegally incorporated into the source code of Linux.

    Full licenses cost $699 per server central processing unit (CPU) or $199 for a desktop PC that runs Linux. An annual license costs $149 per server CPU or $49 per desktop PC.

    SCO rattled the technology world last year, when it sued IBM, claiming that the computing giant illegally incorporated source code from the Unix operating system, which SCO controls, into Linux software. The case has since ballooned into a far-ranging attack on Linux, attracting legal attention from Linux leader Red Hat and the ire of Linux supporters worldwide.

    SCO began selling Unix licenses last year for companies that wish to continue using Linux with SCO's consent. The company backed off a plan to bill Linux users but recently expanded the licensing terms to include overseas Linux users.

    SCO spokesman Blake Stowell said the online ordering site was launched to make compliance easier for companies SCO hasn't contacted individually. "We want to make the licenses more accessible to any business that's interested," he said.

    SCO has declined to reveal how many businesses have purchased Linux licenses, but the activity is believed to be minimal, as businesses wait for the IBM case to be resolved and rely on legal indeminfication offers from major Linux sellers.

    Meanwhile, SCO was still using its alternate Web address Monday as it waited for denial-of-service attacks the MyDoom virus instigated to stop. MyDoom attacks crippled SCO's regular site on Feb. 1. The virus is programmed to stop the attacks on Feb. 12, but infected PCs with incorrectly set dates were still causing trouble last week.

    MyDoom hits had waned by 90 percent as of the weekend, Stowell said, "but that 10 percent is still more than our server could handle."


    *pardon the language, but this is utter bull****. SCO has been fighting a battle it can't hope to win; this is nothing more than a last ditch attempt to defraud the public.
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States


    Originally posted by minibubba [b]*pardon the language, but this is utter bull****. SCO has been fighting a battle it can't hope to win; this is nothing more than a last ditch attempt to defraud the public.
    Amen.:grr: :shoot2: :shoot2: :snip: :steam: :shoot3:

    This is so low. I wouldn't even expect something like this from Microsoft.:thumbs do

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2002


    for those of you that are not familiar with it, there is a breif history of UNIX and it's ownerships here:

    but to add fuel to the fire, let me give you the punchline:
    But SCO/Caldera is no longer run by Unix old hands. Their complaint, once again, has thrust the question of “who owns Unix” into the foreground of debate. This time around, the hacker community has corporate allies (IBM among them) who understand the new world of open source — and that it is to their own business advantage to respect the Unix hackers as the owners of their art.

    [b]SCO/Caldera's complaint, in all its brazen mendacity, is the last gasp of proprietary Unix. We in the open-source community (and our allies) are more than competent to carry forward the Unix tradition we founded so many years ago. We pray that all assertions of exclusive corporate ownership over this tradition be given a swift and definitive end.
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    The Isle of 31337's


    After they stop laughing, IBM, Red Hat, and just about everyone else in the Linux business should pay SCO absoultely nothing.:smokin:

    So :hammer:
    Sco:snip: :shoot2:

    :2cents: :cheers:

    One thing about Caldera/sco is that it has a history of voluntary compliance with it.

    Obiously not a good thing in court

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