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Novell not SCO Owns Unix August 16, 2007

Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions.

So the courts came out and said Novell owns the UNIX copyrights and that SCO basically lost.  While many in the Linux community feel this to be a good thing I feel a little at ends.  None of the original questions were answered.  Does Linux violate UNIX copyrights?  Is Linux an unauthorized derivative of UNIX?  That is a question we will never have answered.  Why never?  Novell has said they dont plan to pursue any action.  I think it has less to do with there being no UNIX IP in Linux, it has something to do with the $50 million dollar investment IBM made in Novell a few years ago.  Im sure there were some back alley deals signed and IBM did help em out.

So is possible the Linux developers got away like thieves in the night and  pulled off one of the greatest heists in history (Note I said one of the.. Not the biggest heist).  Sure Novell could go back and say “We analyzed UNIX and Linux and found there to be no IP infringement’s” but with their released statement that they basically could care less, I wouldn’t believe them.

In the end the courts ruling doesn’t clear Linux of any IP infringement it just gave the copyrights to an entity that doesnt give two craps about UNIX.  So expect more UNIX in Linux very soon in the near future.  This ruling is basically paving the way for the equivalent of Xerox and Apple.

BTW, Comments have been disabled for this topic.  I have better things to do than to babysit the comments section.

***Please not, these are my opinions and does not necessarily reflect those opinions of my employer.

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