SCO Should Win
eWEEK.com columnist Rob Enderle is here to tell you that he has evidence that SCO has rights to Unix, that IBM's error in releasing Unix (AIX) code into Linux violated those rights and that IBM used the Linux community in an attempt to cover up that mistaEditors Note: There are two sides to every story, including the battle over Linux. To help crystallize the issues, we asked two of our columnists to take extreme positions to help clarify the upcoming court battles. Rob Enderles pro-SCO commentary follows. Dont miss the other side, as Linux Topic Center editor Steven Vaughan-Nichols takes the anti-SCO position in his analysis of "Why SCO Cant Win". Note that Enderle serves as an unpaid member of IBMs Industry Advisory Council, and his previous employer, Giga, worked with IBM. He has never worked with SCO. The legal battle between SCO and the Linux community simply boils down to a larger firms attempt to take away the property rights of a smaller company in order to cover up an obvious error in judgment on the part of IBM. IBM made a serious mistake in introducing Unix code into Linux without proper notification toor approval fromSCO, which is the current, documented owner of Unix. The issue should have been fully vetted before Linux was compromised. The end result is a complex, no-holds-barred war against a much smaller company in an attempt to cover up and mitigate this mistake. In the process, the Linux community, in support of IBM, has been duped into using illegal means to attack SCO in the nastiest release of viruses the world has ever seen. The rest of us are used as cannon fodder in this virus plague.
Efforts to position this as a war between SCO and open sourceor as having anything to do with Microsoftare simply misdirection.