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SCO Code Will Very Soon Be Removed Entirely from the Linux Kernel

SCO Code Will Very Soon Be Removed Entirely from the Linux Kernel

The US software company Aduva has announced its intention to release a tool to root out SCO code in the current Linux kernel and replace it.

What the vnu.net report says is that the Butler Group, a company of analysts, has suggested in a recent research note  that it can only be a matter of time before SCO code is removed entirely from the Linux kernel. "Even if SCO's claims are proven to be true that the 2.4 kernel and later do contain Unix code," says the report, 'the kernel will be rewritten."

So is it true that vendors and users could easily recompile their Linux software to temporarily remove modules that may contain SCO copyrighted software, thus avoiding potential demands by SCO for royalty payments? Well, even if it is, the point is moot until such time as SCO Group goes on recordsating what exact Linux components lie at the hertb of its lawsuit against IBM.

SuSE's vice president of corporate communications, Joe Eckert, tells vnu.net that any offending code could be replaced "within weeks if not days."  The report suggests that it's only a matter of time before SCO code is removed entirely from the Linux kernel.

"A new kernel will not be long in coming, and SCO can wave goodbye to its expected royalties," it concludes. 

 

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Michael O'Brien 08/30/04 02:33:18 PM EDT

I have a real problem with this article. It is written in a manner that says that there IS hidden SCO code in the Linux kernel, not that there might be.

This is a very serious presumption, especially since SCO has shown NO proof, line-by-line, with specificity that there is any SCO copyrighted code in the Linux kernel, despite two court orders to do so.

Alistair 05/31/04 02:26:50 PM EDT

Does SCO have Microsoft's backing in its effort to derail Linux? Just curious.

Ken Jennings 08/19/03 05:18:41 PM EDT

If SCO feels entitled to charge money for something they distributed under the GPL, aren't the author's of the other GPL'd packages included in SCO's version of Linux entitled to void the GPL license for their packages and demand SCO remove their packages from its distro (under pain of court action)?

A nice thought. I wonder if it is attainable. Imagine what kind of distro SCO would have without any GPL add-ons. Hmmmm. Maybe about 2K of kernel code.