SCO Gets Warning from Linux Companies in Poland

Tuesday, June 10 2003 @ 11:59 AM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

Two Linux companies in Poland have issued notices to SCO, saying SCO should stop claiming there is illegal code in the Linux kernel unless it shows some proof and should stop tellling companies not to use Linux. Cyber Service and IT Zone CEOs gave SCO three days to comply or the companies will bring suit against SCO under Polish law.

If you'd like to be able to guage Laura Didio's neutrality in all this, take a look at her interview on NewsFactor on how haaaaard it is to switch to Linux from Windows, like the "101 labors of Hercules" she says. There's more. Take a look.

Fujitsu Siemens says about SCO's lawsuit: "We don't think it's going anywhere."

And the New York Times says that lawyers who have seen the SCO-Novell purchase agreement and the additional amendment say "they present a somewhat murky picture of the breadth of SCO's rights". The actual wording of the amendment is rather unclear, despite SCO's crowing. See what you make of it:

"With respect to Schedule 1.1(b) of the Agreement, titled "Excluded Assets", Section V, Subsection A shall be revised to read:

"All copyrights and trademarks, except for the copyrights and trademarks owned by Novell as of the date of the Agreement required for SCO to exercise it rights with respect to the acquisition of UNIX and UnixWare technologies. However, in no event shall Novell be liable to SCO for any claim brought by any third party pertaining to said copyrights and trademarks." Clearly they got some copyrights, but exactly which didn't they get? (as in "except for"? ... and what does it mean "required to exercise its rights"?)

If you wish to turn in a software pirate, you can do it on SCO's web site now and to quote them: "You don't have to leave your name."