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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-07-15 Print this article Print

Responding to a question about the SCO Groups lawsuit against IBM and its claims that the Linux operating system is an unauthorized derivative of Unix, to which SCO owns the rights, Greenblatt said that while CA does not comment on pending lawsuits, he feels it is "just ambient noise." "You have to wonder how serious someone is about the intellectual property he is trying to enforce when he files a lawsuit and then stands up and says hell go away if you buy his company for $3 billion," Greenblatt said in a reference to SCOs CEO Darl McBride.
CA has not found that any of its customers are "overly concerned. We have not found anybody backing off because of SCOs actions," he said.
"There have been very few lawsuits in the United States that have upheld patents because the nature of software," he said, adding that "in 1994 BSD was sued by AT&T and that matter was never resolved because if you look at code like that, its very easy to trace." CA itself is putting its money where its mouth is and is running 25 percent of its business on Linux, on Apache and Tomcat, from its Web sites to its Support Connect customer service operation, which was written on Linux. While Torvalds has pushed the final release of the upcoming 2.6 kernel out to December, users will immediately see the benefits of SMP (symmetric multiprocessing), the benefits of the Logical Volume Manager 2, Virtual Server, as well as some Linux high availability as these will be backported into existing products. "The 2.4 kernel was a disaster from a reliability standpoint. Torvalds is going to aggressively test the 2.6 kernel at the Open Source Development Lab, with HP, IBM and Intel providing a range of new hardware for the lab to do that," Greenblatt said. Torvalds on Monday released a test version of the 2.6 kernel, which is designed to push programmers to concentrate on bug finding and fixing and not on new features.

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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