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.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 regardsuch as its Services for Unix software, which allows greater operability between existing Unix-based enterprise systems and Windows on both the server and desktopthe idea was to provide greater support and services around those migrations. Latest Linux News:
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.