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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-05-14 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


An IBM spokeswomen on Wednesday declined to comment on the latest SCO allegations, citing SCOs pending litigation against IBM. But Leigh Day, a spokeswoman for leading Linux distributor Red Hat Inc., told eWEEK on Wednesday that it had yet to see any formal complaints against it from SCO. The company had also not been contacted by SCO in this regard. "Weve heard all these allegations and rumours and threats, but we havent seen any specific code referenced that we are in violation of. We have done extensive work to make sure that we are not in violation, and we take intellectual property very seriously. We remain certain that we are not in violation of anyones intellectual property," she said.
SCOs public warning on Wednesday follows a letter to this effect that the company sent to some 1,500 of the largest global enterprises earlier this week, in which it warned that it "believed that Linux infringes on our Unix intellectual property and other rights. We intend to aggressively protect and enforce these rights.
"Similar to analogous efforts underway in the music industry, we are prepared to take all actions necessary to stop the ongoing violation of our intellectual property or other rights. SCOs actions may prove unpopular with those who wish to advance or otherwise benefit from Linux as a free software system for use in enterprise applications. "However, our property and contract rights are important and valuable; not only to us, but to every individual and every company whose livelihood depends on the continued viability of intellectual and intangible property rights in a digital age," the letter said.


 
 
 
 
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 www.eweek.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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