SCO Sues First Customers; Judge Orders SCO to Submit Disputed Code

SCO named the recipients of their first two lawsuits in their mammoth online conference call yesterday: AutoZone and Daimler Chrysler. They are being targeted as they run Linux – and of course SCO claims ownership to part of the source code of the Linux kernel, having found its way there from UNIX System V.

Meanwhile, in Utah, SCO have been ordered to identify all lines of Linux source code that it claims ownership of. Once the disputed code is identified it is expected that Linux kernel programmers will simply remove and rewrite the offending sections immediately, regardless of who the code belongs to – just to be safe.

Show me the code!


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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?