Helping Red Hat

Tuesday, August 05 2003 @ 03:43 AM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

One of the things that might help Red Hat would be a collection of articles indicating that SCO was going to sue Red Hat at some point in the not too distant future. So, here are some articles that I think might be helpful. Perhaps you can find more.

Here is one from Datamonitor, July 24, 2003:

"SCO is aiming its licensing scheme at end-users rather than Linux distributors. 'Our first and primary concern comes from commercial users who are benefiting from this,' said CEO Darl McBride. 'This is very targeted towards the people that are using Linux, which is end users.'

"What SCO appears to have forgotten with this statement is that some of the biggest Linux users are the Linux vendors and supporters themselves, however."

Here is another from Open for Business, dated March 7, 2003:

"Rumors escaping the Lindon, Utah-based company as early as mid-January had suggested the company may be gearing up to sue one or more of its competing Linux distributors, such as Red Hat , in the near future. The speculation intensified when SCOsource , the intellectual property-licensing wing of the company, was announced during LinuxWorld in late January. In part, that announcement acknowledge the retaining of star attorney David Boies by SCOsource for "research and protection of SCO's patents," providing many observers of an ominous feeling about what SCO was up to."

And here's another, from Linux World, dated May 14, 2003:

"Question : Are you planning any legal action against SuSE or Red Hat?
"Sontag : We have no action planned at this time. Our focus is on the IBM lawsuit. This does not mean, however, that we will not initiate other actions to protect our intellectual property at a future point. . . .

"Question : What about SuSE and Red Hat customers and other Linux users? Could they face litigation or be impacted in any way?
"Sontag : Certainly, as the evidence mounts, there could be concerns and issues for end customers. When you're talking about copyrighted materials or trade secrets being inappropriately obtained and released, even the recipients of that information have to have concerns."

And finally, here's one from, dated January 23, 2003:

"Anybody that does not have intellectual property issues related to SCO can sleep well at night, but for anyone violating our IP we are going to be more aggressive enforcing our rights than we have in the past," Chris Sontag, SCO senior vice president for operating systems, told . . . Published reports elsewhere have hyped the matter, claiming that companies that might be affected by any potential legal action could include various other Linux companies, Apple Computer, Microsoft, BSD versions of Unix and others using the various operating systems."

If you see any more like that, feel free to add to the collection.