Subject: Re: SCO's actions
To: None <>
From: Mike Cheponis <mac@Wireless.Com>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 05/18/2003 21:28:00
On Thu, 15 May 2003, Rick Kelly wrote:

> Greg 'groggy' Lehey said:
> >SCO's accusations are completely unfounded.  They might just as well
> >choose BSD, except that doesn't bring them as much publicity, and
> >anyway, it's been done :-)
> They sure must have some great drugs.
> --
> Rick Kelly

Well, here's an excerpt from today:

Microsoft to Buy Unix License
From SCO, Helping Campaign


Microsoft Corp. has agreed to buy rights to Unix technology from SCO Group Inc., a boost to SCO's controversial campaign to exact royalties for a predecessor to the Linux operating system.

No financial terms are being disclosed in the deal, under which Microsoft will license SCO's Unix patents and underlying technology called source code. But Microsoft's move suggests that the software company's lawyers view SCO's patents as important, and could encourage other companies to strike similar pacts.


Linux backers have reacted angrily, stating that SCO hasn't identified any offending parts of the software. SCO says doing that would let programmers change the software to hide evidence of copying. "That's like saying, 'show us the fingerprints on the gun so you can rub them off,' " Mr. McBride says.


So, again, could NetBSD code be liable here?

Thanks,   -Mike