SCO says its claims not dead yet

Summary:Most of the code snippets are very generic, as though SCO were claiming to own basic coding.

But they are. (You can tell white folks at a trot, because they all like Spamalot.)

SCO CEO Darl McBride's brother Kevin has finally posted the code he says IBM "stole" for Linux from the Unix SCO claimed to own. (The court decided Novell, not SCO, owned the Unix in question.)

It turns out to be much ado about very little. (Except that the McBrides really, really hate Pamela Jones of Groklaw, which I consider a point in her favor.)

Most of the code snippets are very generic, as though SCO were claiming to own basic coding.

It's sad, in a way. IBM, Novell, and the entire Linux community were dragged through the courts for seven years over this? Really? Really. And for much of that time open source, as a concept, was under a cloud of legal suspicion, a cloud the McBrides would still like imposed on it.

Their case is worse than Bilski's, and even the Robert Supreme Court saw fit to throw out those claims (even if they left the rest of us hanging).

It's like Spamalot with non-traditional casting. Maybe Lawrence Fishburne as King Arthur. (And Fishburne in Spamalot is a much better idea than the McBride jihad.)

Can we finally let this story go?

Topics: Open Source


Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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