Linuxs Best (and Worst) Year Ever

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2003-12-29 Print this article Print

Is it possible to have both your best year ever and your worst year ever in the same 365 days? It is if you're Linux and open source, writes's Linux & Open-Source Center Editor Steven Vaughan-Nichols.

Is it possible to have both your best year ever and your worst year ever in the same 365 days? It is if youre Linux and open source. The bad news can be summarized in one companys name: SCO. What started in March as a contract dispute with IBM quickly became an assault against Linux, then against the GPL that underlies Linuxs intellectual property, and more recently against any big business that uses Linux. In what has seemed like an endless flood of announcements, SCO has assaulted Linux on what has felt like an almost weekly basis. Now, mind you, SCO has yet to show proof that anyone outside of SCOs closest friends believes the companys claims hold water, but the sheer volume of SCOs attacks has muddied Linuxs acceptance at many firms.
Frankly, Im sick of the entire affair, but much as I might like to say the SCO matter will either dry up and blow away or just come to an abrupt end, thats not going to happen. Brace yourselves, in 2004, were going to hear just as much about SCO and Linux as we did in 2003.
Thats a great pity, because Linux has made both great technical and business strides in 2003. Next page: Linux in the enterprise

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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