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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-05-19 Print this article Print

The damage to the open-source community that would result if SCO prevails in its case against IBM would be significant as the community is "both todays principal source of innovation in software and the guardians and maintainers of the open Internet. Our autonomy is everyones bulwark against government and corporate control of the digital media that are increasingly central in political, commercial, and personal communications," the paper said. "Our creative energy is what perpetually renews and finds ever more exciting uses for computers and networks. The vigor of our culture today will translate into more possibilities for everyone tomorrow." OSI is hopeful that the court will find against SCO in its complaint against IBM, or for IBM on any motion for dismissal or summary judgment, and will ground the finding in terms that would foreclose any future claims by SCO of proprietary control over technologies contributed to Linux, as well as confirm that SCOs ownership of the ancestral Bell Labs source code gives it no authority or proprietary entitlement over the works of the open-source community and Unix developers at large, it said.
Also on Monday, Microsoft Corp. said it is licensing the Unix source code and patent from SCO in "an effort designed to ward off any potential future litigation or claims of non-compliance" against the Redmond, Wash., software company and its products, including Services for Unix, a Microsoft spokesman told eWEEK Monday.
Last October Microsoft also launched a more comprehensive program to help drive customers away from Unix and onto the Windows platform. While Microsoft has previously offered individual tools to help in this regard—such as its Services for Unix software, which allows greater operability between existing Unix-based enterprise systems and Windows on both the server and desktop—the idea was to provide greater support and services around those migrations. Latest Linux News:

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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