What Happened to Show and Tell Time?
Brooks: SCO still hasn't made its code-infringement case clearWasnt June supposed to be "show and tell" time? SCOs spent the last few months firing some awfully serious allegations and threats at every corner of the Linux communitya campaign thats been long on potentially dire implications but maddeningly short on evidence of any sort. All this was supposed to change come June, but were halfway through the month now and we have scarcely any more facts with which to weigh SCOs code infringement claims than we did when all this began. This is because the nondisclosure agreement without which SCO refuses to reveal its cards is worded so restrictively that it seems designed to ensure that no one qualified to evaluate the evidence will see it at all.
Even with a signed NDA, SCO has tightly limited the selections, amount and context of the code its willing to show. Those whove signed the agreement and viewed the "evidence" have spoken of 80 lines of identical code present in the Linux and SCO-owned code bases. Did these lines flow from SCO to Linux, from Linux to SCO, or did both code bases inherit these lines from a third, common source, such as BSD? At this point, theres too little information to judge.