Linux Vendors Rally Around SCOs Targets
Calling SCO's lawsuits against AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler a last ditch attempt to save itself, Linux vendors and open-source leaders vow to help the two Linux users fight the charges.Linux vendors as well as leaders of the open-source community have dismissed The SCO Group Inc.s latest lawsuits against two Linux users as a last ditch attempt by the Lindon, Utah, company to save itself. They are also all committed to banding together to fight the company in these and any future lawsuits, and do not believe there will be any slowdown in corporate Linux adoption. Eric Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative, on Wednesday published a letter of support to Steve Odland, president and CEO of AutoZone, on his Web site, in which he said the Linux community and the wider open-source software movement "regret that you have become the latest victim in the campaign of barratry, fraud, and stock-kiting that SCO has been waging. We want you to know that you are not alone, and that you have in fact just made a great many friends.
"We urge you to fight this lawsuit with every effort you can muster. Its the right thing to do by AutoZones shareholders, and more generally as well. Thoughtful people everywhere are seeing in meritless IP lawsuits an increasing drag on innovation and economic health. AutoZone can both serve its own interests and do good by helping make such parasitic tactics generally unprofitable.