Open-Source Community Defends GPL Against SCO Attack
The open-source community is rallying against The SCO Group's attack late last month that the GPL, violates the U.S. Constitution as well as copyright and patent laws.The open-source community is rallying against comments made by The SCO Group CEO Darl McBride late last month that the GPL, under which Linux and open-source software is distributed, violates the U.S. Constitution as well as copyright and patent laws. McBride created a furor last month when he wrote: "We believe that adoption and use of the GPL [GNU General Public License] by ... the software industry was a mistake. The positions of the Free Software Foundation and Red Hat [Inc.] against proprietary software are ill-founded and are contrary to our system of copyright and patent laws."
Rolland Roseland, a systems developer for information services at The Schwan Food Company Inc., in Marshall, Minn., said McBrides characterization of GPL use as illegal is a mistake.