Other leading Linux vendors contend that they have not violated any intellectual property laws. "We feel pretty comfortable with the [UnitedLinux] agreement we have with SCO," said Joe Eckert, a spokesman for SuSE Linux AG, in New York. "We have yet to hear from SCO about exactly what these issues might be." Leigh Day, a spokeswoman for Linux distributor Red Hat Inc., in Raleigh, N.C., agreed. "We have not seen any specific code referenced that we are supposed to be in violation of. We are certain we are not in violation of any intellectual property, and so this is a nonissue until we can see some of that," Day said.Linux vendors are seeing little customer withdrawal as a result of the SCO litigation and threats. Day said Red Hat has seen no enterprise customer push-back, "so I dont know if that is why SCO is now taking their threats directly to the largest Linux customers." SuSE also has not seen any fallout from its enterprise customers as a result of SCOs actions, Eckert said. "SCOs moves wont affect our operating system decisions, but I think SCOs actions are an attempt to become relevant and profitable again through the court system," said a Linux programmer in the IS department at a medical center in Ashland, Ky., which runs Linux-based servers. Jason Perlow, a Linux consultant and president of Argonaut Systems Corp., in Tenafly, N.J., also is not worried. Even if SCOs moves resulted in the death of the UnitedLinux consortium, "the SuSE and Red Hat distributions are actually in very good shape. In the end, there will probably only be two true enterprise Linux distributions: SuSE and Red Hat," Perlow said. Sontag said SCO reserves the right to enforce its intellectual property rights where violations occur. "We have no specific remedy at this point," he said. "We just want Linux users to be aware of the large intellectual property issues with Linux, and we are recommending that they seek the opinion of legal counsel." Latest Linux News:
SCOs Sontag said the company is considering ways to reveal the code issues it had identified. "We are sensitive of the fact we need to make some of this information available to make our case," he said.