SCOs Sontag told eWEEK last week that the company had identified "significant source code copying issues within Linux, some of which we believe comes from IBM but many others of which come from third parties. All of these are very troubling to us," Sontag said.
SCO found specific Unix System 5 source code within the Linux kernel, as well as within other, peripheral areas of Linux distributions, Sontag said.
But other leading Linux vendors contend that they have not violated any intellectual property laws. "We feel pretty comfortable with the [UnitedLinux] agreement we have with SCO," said Joe Eckert, a spokesman for SuSE Linux AG, in New York. "We have yet to hear from SCO about exactly what these issues might be."
Leigh Day, a spokeswoman for Linux distributor Red Hat Inc., in Raleigh, N.C., agreed. "We have not seen any specific code referenced that we are supposed to be in violation of. We are certain we are not in violation of any intellectual property, and so this is a non-issue until we can see some of that," Day said.
SCOs Sontag said the company is considering ways to reveal the code issues it had identified. "We are sensitive of the fact we need to make some of this information available to make our case," he said last week.
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