SCO cannot lisence Linux. Period!
Under the GPL if SCO proprietary IP is in the kernel and was placed there by someone other than SCO and without SCO’s consent then Linux cannot be distributed at all until the offending code is removed. Under the GPL SCO is not allowed to charge a fee or attach any other lisence.
However the burden of proof is on SCO to provide proof of their claims and they have yet to do so.
The manner in which SCO is proceeding is in the very least unethical. If infringing IP is in the Linux kernel then the appropriate course of action would be for SCO to point out the infringing code so that it can be investigated and if it does infact infringe SCO’s IP it can then be removed.
To the extent that SCO IP is in the Linux kernel (if at all) ,SCO doesn’t want it removed. It wants the perceived leverage to use for the purposes of extortion.
SCO is one dispicable company. I really hope IBM totally destroys them.
If SCO attempts to lisence Linux I think a class action lawsuit on the parts of Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, OSDL, FSF and others is neccesary to support the GPL.
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