Countering FUD

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-03-05 Print this article Print

The OSDL is actively working to counter the fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) being spread by SCO through the lawsuits, and also has a Customer Advisory Council in the United States, with representatives from some 20 Fortune 500 companies, as well as a similar council in Europe. The OSDL recently ran an executive education session in Japan. "I will tell you that in none of those meetings that have taken place in the last 60 days is there any indication of a slowdown of Linux interest or adoption," he said, adding that the community is already rallying around AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler. "I have called them both and offered our assistance through the Legal Defense Fund," Cohen said.
Peter Eck, vice president of marketing for BakBone Software Inc., of San Diego, a provider of data backup and restore software and which recently helped form the Linux Advantage initiative, agreed, saying that, to date, no decision has been made on SCOs claims by any court of law.
"Its clear that, in spite of SCOs lawsuit, Linux adoption by our customers has continued unabated. From BakBones perspective, we dont see how this latest legal maneuver will change that," he said. For its part, Linux and open-source vendor Red Hat said it is unfortunate that SCO has now decided to sue and attack its own customers. As far as Red Hat customers are concerned, the company continues to work with them to provide them with a warranty in case any issues are found, spokeswoman Leigh Day told eWEEK. Read "Red Hat to Protect Linux Customers." "We still look forward to the time when we can bring this matter formally to court, within the U.S. justice system," she said, adding that neither AutoZone nor DaimlerChrysler are Red Hat clients. While AutoZone had been a Red Hat customers "years ago, they have never been a Red Hat Enterprise Linux customer. We still remain confident that our solutions are not infringing on the valid intellectual property of others," Day said. Linus Torvalds, the founder of the open-source Linux operating system, also had harsh words for SCO. "It looks like SCO is suing their own old customers, most likely because they know they have nothing that is actually Linux-related even though they desperately try to make it seem that way," he said. The AutoZone name had come up before: In the IBM lawsuit, SCO claimed that AutoZone was using SCO shared libraries improperly. "That was debunked pretty publicly in Groklaw. Going by past performance this is likely just another smoke screen. More lies to cover up the old lies," Torvalds told eWEEK. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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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.

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