SCO: dog & pony show


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What is most remarkable to me in this age of the Internet, is how fast communications travel and, more importantly, how fast we can accomplish tasks because of it.

Case in point: on Monday (8/18) SCO Group presented 'evidence' during their customers and partners conference detailing specific code which they claim has been copied from their intellectual property (Unix) by IBM who then made it available to the Linux community unlawfully. SCO claims that their code now shows up in the Linux kernel and presented slides showing a side-by-side comparison as proof. Pictures of those slides soon appeared on the Web, and a complete analysis of the origin of the code contained in them surfaced soon afterwards. In simple terms, SCO was playing smoke and mirrors to fool its audience and garner support for its cause.

Bruce Perens, Open Source advocate, has posted this analysis of the slides which exposes the truth.

It's even ironic that SCO Group's CEO, Darl McBride, said in a recent interview:

"The point about open source that I believe is really cool is this notion that you have thousands of eyes around the world looking at a similar problem, and obviously when you have more people focused on something, you can solve things better."

I'm thinking now he wishes he never said that.

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