Linus on SCO

Thursday, January 15 2004 @ 06:04 PM EST

Contributed by: PJ

LinuxWorld has an interesting interview with Linus, in which he says that 2004 is the year for Linux to crack the desktop market. He also has some words on SCO and the GPL (he likes the GPL), and here's a taste of the interview:

"Software is not becoming free but it is becoming a commodity. Once you have a commodity product the things you make money on are the services and hardware that are built around it. For example, with a lot of mobile phones the software is not the value in the product. Shrink-wrap software businesses are the exception, not the rule. . . .

"Iím happy to see Novell release a letter that SCO is violating Novellís agreements. SCO also had to make available its case to IBM. This reaffirms the fact that this is not about copyrights but a contract agreement with IBM.

"Itís been very irritating at times with SCOís ludicrous, unsubstantiated claims. Some of the press has picked up the SCO case without a lot of critical analysis but lately SCO press releases have [been subjected to] a lot more scrutiny. Outside the US SCO has not been good at pushing its case. I donít have a PR department so unless journalists come to me I have no way of [commenting on] SCO.

"Lawsuits are a big part of the business landscape in the US. Itís good that this case has made all the Linux developers aware of code, but it has been bad because it is irritating and I definitely donít want something like this to happen again.

"All the Linux developers take copyright very seriously. They are developers and want to do coding, not copying. Because of this, I feel that the code quality of Linux is even better than commercial Unix operating systems. Iím not worried about copyrights but the Linux community doesnít have a lot of lawyers, PR or marketing."

Memo to Linus: You can comment on Groklaw any day/every day of the week, if you want to.