Re: [OT] SCO is going all out now
On Mon, Jul 21, 2003 at 06:25:18PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 21, 2003 at 07:03:55PM +0200, Roberto Sanchez wrote:
> > This Slashdot story
> > (http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/07/21/1516240&mode=thread&tid=130&tid=185&tid=187&tid=190&tid=88)
> > references this Yahoo! story (http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/030721/lam075_1.html)
> > where they talk about this:
> > "... it will offer UnixWare? licenses tailored to support run-time, binary use
> > of Linux ..." (quoted from the Yahoo! article.
> > Any ideas is this will actually go through? What will Debian do about it?
> Er, almost certainly ignore it until a real judgement is issued on the
> SCO/IBM lawsuit. There's no point stirring more than necessary.
SCO has made no claims against the 2.2 kernels.
If worst comes to worst and SCO finally show some incriminating code
in 2.4, stepping back to 2.2 until the relevant bits are purged from
2.4 is all anyone should need to do to cover their assets in countries
where this becomes an issue.
AC maintains functional backports of all the important bits, so few PC
Linux users should be significantly affected by an (IMHO) unlikely
judgement in SCO's favor. If you maintain a large number of systems
professionally with 2.4, an advance test of 2.2 might be prudent.
Embedded folks and folks on brand new platforms might need to prepare
differently, but *please* do your research now! The worst case
outcome, however unlikely, is that 2.4 does turn out to be an issue
for a while. You don't want your boss hedging a bet by buying a bunch
of SCO licenses -- additional terms in the acquired SCO licenses might
bite you later even after 2.4 is cleared of alleged infringement.