March 10, 2005 10:18 AM PST

Open-source leader: SCO suits a boon to Linux

SCO's litigation over Linux was hugely unpopular, but there was a big upside, according to the chief executive of Open Source Development Labs.

Stuart Cohen
Stuart Cohen
Chief executive,
OSDL

The legacy of SCO's lawsuits is the scrutiny that Linux code base received, said Stuart Cohen, who, as chief executive of the OSDL, leads one of the most influential organizations in the Linux world. He spoke Monday night at Queen Mary University of London.

"There was a lot of due diligence around the world, with people looking at the code and looking at software stacks, and all this work validated that there was nothing there--no risk, no issue," Cohen said. "The SCO court case ended up on every Web site, in every newspaper and every magazine. Everybody had to do due diligence. You could not be a CTO or CIO and not do due diligence in 2003 to 2004, when SCO was suing end users.

"And look at what happened with the market share: People did not say, 'Let's wait until this thing is over.' If anything, it accelerated the use of Linux, so it is one of the best things that ever happened to the operating system."

Cohen, whose organization employs Linus Torvalds and lead kernel maintainer Andrew Morton, also said the SCO litigation is "nearly dead now."

SCO filed suit against IBM in 2003, alleging that the computing giant had misappropriated SCO trade secrets and code copyrights in its work dealing with Linux and with IBM's version of Unix, AIX. SCO is seeking $5 billion from Big Blue.

SCO followed up with suits against Red Hat and Novell, and later began threatening to take its own customers to court unless they agreed to pay licence fees for the Linux intellectual property that SCO claims to own.

The federal judge overseeing the SCO Group's suit against IBM recently thwarted an IBM attempt to defang SCO's claims. Still, the judge also said he found SCO's argument "puzzling."

SCO faces mounting financial woes, with falling revenue and a possible Nasdaq delisting in the cards.

Matt Loney of ZDNet UK reported from London.

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Well this M$ puppet gets what it deserves, especially if it is found to have no merit. The M$ backed FUD doesn't appear to be working; Linux is gaining huge shares of the industry worldwide as it many open source programming and development environments.

I am just glad that I spent a few years learning more languages and development environments than just the local M$ craze.

I don't feel sorry for the local M$ Kool-Aid drinkers now loosing their livelihoods because the market shifted and their chosen language/development environment has changed for the fifth year in a row.
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M$ puppet feeling the luv?
Well this M$ puppet gets what it deserves, especially if it is found to have no merit. The M$ backed FUD doesn't appear to be working; Linux is gaining huge shares of the industry worldwide as it many open source programming and development environments.

I am just glad that I spent a few years learning more languages and development environments than just the local M$ craze.

I don't feel sorry for the local M$ Kool-Aid drinkers now loosing their livelihoods because the market shifted and their chosen language/development environment has changed for the fifth year in a row.
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