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

SCO last month sent its partners a letter designed to update them on the actions it was going to take with respect to LKP to address those IP issues. "It is important to assure all users of UnixWare with LKP that they will be held harmless with respect to the SCO IP issue and may continue using the materials they have already received as we have announced for customers who have licensed any of SCOs Linux based products," John Maciaszek, SCOs UnixWare Product Manager, said in the letter.
SCO has also examined the Linux RPM CD that shipped with the UnixWare Media Kits to expunge any material that was thought to have any IP issues, he said.
Maciaszek also contended in the letter that the LKP "does not need or use any of the Linux kernel to support the execution of Linux applications, consequently we do not expect this rework to have any impact on the utility of LKP for our customers." But members of the open-source community disagree and say SCOs legal claims that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix and contains its proprietary intellectual property could be significantly weakened if it is shown that SCO incorporated parts of the Linux kernel into its Unix source code without giving these back to the community and since no copyright notices have been displayed attributable to Linux. It is also no secret that Caldera International, which acquired the Santa Cruz Operation (SCO)—a UnixWare business and professional-services organization—in August 2000, wants to unify Linux and Unix on one platform. In an eWEEK report based on comments made by Calderas then CEO Ransom Love in February 2001, Love said Caldera would make UnixWare binary-compatible with Linux, allowing UnixWare customers to run Linux applications. On the flip side, Caldera Linux would gain UnixWares best enterprise and database management features. These included large file system support, asynchronous input/output (I/O), the UnixWare API, extended developer kit and multipath I/0, he said at that time. Freelance reporter Jason Perlow contributed to this article.

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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