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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-10 Print this article Print

"These system call implementations had to be quite compatible with the behavior of the real Linux kernel, otherwise Linux applications would not work on SCO Unix. It is quite obvious to argue that in order to get these right, Linux kernel code had to be studied and possibly copied into the SCO Unix kernel to implement the Linux Kernel Personality. "How else would you get the Java Hotspot VM or the X-window server (Linux binaries) to work on SCO Unix?" the source questioned.
But Blake Stowell, a spokesman for SCO, told eWEEK on Tuesday that while the LKP used some open-source components, this did not constitute open sourcing that product. "That is a false notion. SCO also never used any of the Linux kernel code in the LKP and thus has not violated the GPL. We have also never contributed Unix source code to the Linux kernel," he said.
Stowell also confirmed that SCO this week began shipping its UnixWare 7.1.2 and UnixWare 7.1.3 media kits after recently suspending these as they contained a Caldera OpenLinux 3.1.1 CD that provided LKP capabilities. The move follows SCOs earlier decision to suspend shipments of its SCO Linux 4.0 and Caldera Open Linux 3.1.1 products due to intellectual property (IP) issues associated with the Linux operating system.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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