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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-01-22 Print this article Print

: SCO Group Readies New Platform"> "If you go back into the 80s and 90s, Unix on Intel was on the SCO platform. Where is Linux playing out today? Its primarily a Unix on Intel variant. So, by taking our libraries and the compatibility standard we have called Linux ABI, and putting those two pieces in, you get backward compatibility with all of those apps, and thats important to a lot of folk," he said. The notion of Linux IP was a hot potato issue in the open-source and Linux community, and he said SCO was also concerned about a number of other issues relating to IP it owned, like that which may have found its way into BSD.
As such, the company approached Boies to deal with the matter as "we wanted to find a guy who was used to dealing with complicated legal issues," McBride said.
Karen Smith, the vice president of Linux strategy and market development for IBM, told eWEEK that she is comfortable with the licensing terms of the GPL, which allows vendors to license value-added components of their technology. "SCO remains a key member of the UnitedLinux consortium and they, like us, abide by the licensing requirements and terms of the GPL (General Public License), which allows vendors to license proprietary value-added components of their technology. Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat, told eWEEK in an interview that he was fairly certain that if it involved proprietary Unix technology, Red Hat had no concern. "But every time people get engaged in unproductive arguments, it slows things down. "What the IT industry needs today is a direction forward and as long as were fighting these border skirmishes about this library and that thing there, is it Lindows, is it Windows, thats a distraction," he said. (Editors Note: A portion of this story was edited for clarity.) More LinuxWorld Coverage

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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