SCO Battle Rages On

Use of open-source continues amid attacks on GPL, vendors.

Prominent members of the open-source community are angry that The SCO Group is including open-source technology in its products while attacking the community and the license that governs its work.

The latest controversy follows the SCO announcement last week here at its Forum event that it has included Samba 3 in its latest OpenServer product. Samba is free open-source software that allows Linux and Unix servers to interoperate with Microsoft Corp. Windows clients.

Samba is developed and distributed under the GNU GPL (General Public License) in the same way as the Linux kernel code is used; SCO has targeted the Linux code in its intellectual property lawsuits and license fees.

"We observe that SCO is both attacking the GPL on the one hand and benefiting from the GPL on the other hand. SCO cant have it both ways," said Jeremy Allison, Samba lead developer, in San Jose, Calif. "SCO has a clear choice: Either pledge not to use any open-source/free software in any of their products, or actively participate in the open-source/free software movement and reap the benefits.

"For SCO to continue to use open-source/free software while attacking others for using it is the epitome of hypocrisy," Allison said.

Linux creator Linus Torvalds was less polite. "The SCO people seem to have a few problems keeping the truth straight; but if there is something they know all about, its hypocrisy," Torvalds said in an interview with eWEEK. "While they are attacking the GPL and open-source licenses, they are happily still using Samba on their platform."


Read eWEEKs recent interview with Linus Torvalds.

SCOs critics are also becoming more vocal about the Lindon, Utah, companys strict NDA (nondisclosure agreement) surrounding the offending code. Linux luminary Eric Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative, and Jeff Gerhardt, an active member of the community, are leading the charge in this regard.

Next page: SCOs position on the NDA.