MontaVista Organizing Partners, Customers

Wednesday, August 27 2003 @ 12:28 PM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

MontaVista Organizing Partners, Customers
To Take a Public Stand Against SCO

Linux World is reporting that MontaVista Software has pledged to establish a "community of like-minded companies" to take a public stand against SCO. A check of their web site finds this information:

How does MontaVista Software intend to help its customers?

". . .MontaVista clearly disagrees with the statements on the SCO web site which state that Linux distributors are unable to indemnify customers against intellectual property claims because of the terms and conditions in the GPL. . . .

"MontaVista Software already protects its customers from a variety of technical and legal risks: MontaVista Software provides warranties on all editions of MontaVista Linux. MontaVista Software indemnifies its customers against claims involving the code it creates and delivers, pledging to replace contested code, license suitable code from third parties, or refund its customers' money.

"In addition, MontaVista Software is committed to working together with the Open Source community to ensure continued availability of non-infringing Linux code. MontaVista is also establishing a community of like-minded companies from among its strategic partners and customers to take a public stand against SCO and its attempts to intimidate."

MontaVista's partners page shows this statement by an executive of MontaVista partner Sony Corporation:

"'After first becoming popular with individual programmers and then making inroads on commercial servers, Linux is now proving its merits in the embedded domain,' said Masao Hori, deputy president, Network and Software Technology Center, Sony Corporation. 'Based on the reliability and performance of MontaVista[base ']s product, and the company[base ']s close ties to the Linux community, we are confident Linux will become one of the leading embedded operating systems and that MontaVista Software will increasingly be an important player in the market.'

"Masao Hori, Deputy President
"Network and Software Technology Center
"Sony Corporation"

A complete list of their partners is here.

You might also find Ed Felton's interview in Business Week of interest (although a warning to those of you with cookies set to Ask: endless and persistent cookie requests, enough to make me want to never return to Business Week), particularly this comment:

"There's a danger that [the government] will end up trying to pick winners or trying to clear the path for a particular industry segment to move into an area or protect an industry segment, rather than saying, let's keep the path open for everyone. Growth comes out of a healthy competitive atmosphere, not trying to choose a particular path forward. A lot of regulation we're seeing right now is, or pretends to be, motivated by concern about intellectual property."

His comment reminds me of two things: SCO saying early on that a government amicus brief was a possibility and Boies saying he took the case because he didn't want to see the software playing field get "tipped". My question is: why would it be his or anybody's business if the whole world were to switch to Linux? Customers aren't allowed to choose what software they like?