The Smoking Gun

Friday, June 13 2003 @ 11:42 AM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

I am reading a Caldera white paper that used to be available on the Caldera web site, referenced earlier. (Look for the headline "Sue Me? Sue You? It's just above the picture of the pirate.) I got it from another site that still has it available. My jaw is hanging open.

SCO in its complaint charges IBM with stealing its System V code and putting it into Linux. However, the white paper, "Caldera Gives You a Choice -- Linux and UNIX Are Coming Together," dated March of 2001, on page 25, says that merging the System V code, by then renamed UnixWare, with Linux was Caldera's plan:

"Caldera's plan is to unify SCO UnixWare with Caldera's OpenLinux to create an LSB-compliant operating platform that will combine UNIX scalability with the application support of Linux to provide a common build environment for solutions that scale up or down, depending upon the business need. Caldera gives you a choice."

And now they are shocked, shocked to find identical code from System V in Linux? They said they were going to put it there themselves as part of their plan to scale Linux up, if I have comprehended this document, and I believe I have.

Is your mouth hanging open yet? It gets better. On page 14, it says:

"If there were an operating environment that scales from thin Internet clients, for instance, to the large data centers of giant corporations, that operating environment would attract the attention of software developers and users alike. Caldera plans to provide such an operating environment. A major factor in our pending purchase of the SCO the Software Server Division is to acquire the UnixWare technology....

"Caldera has begun the task of uniting the strengths of UNIX technology, which includes stability, scalability, security, and performance with the strengths of Linux, which include Internet readiness, networking, new application support, and new hardware support.

"Caldera's solution is to unite in the UNIX kernel a Linux Kernel Personality (LKP), and then provide the additional APIs needed for high-end scalability. The result is an application 'deploy on' platform with the performance, scalability, and confidence of UNIX and the industry momentum of Linux."

So, now where do you think that identical code might have come from? And why ever would SCO want to take this document off of its site, do you suppose, when it is so very clarifying?

You might like to look at their chart also, Figure 5 on page 12, "UNIX and Linux Market Projections, 2000-20004". The UNIX line is flatlined along the bottom of the chart, while Linux's line goes up and up and up across the page at approximately a 90 degree angle. Some "bicycle".