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SuSE Linux customers will get some legal indemnification for using the open-source OS, the fourth legal umbrella to emerge from an industry grappling with threats brought by SCO.
The business software maker rebuts claims by SCO Group chief Darl McBride that Novell's planned buy of SuSE Linux violates 8-year-old noncompete agreements.
If SCO's planned court argument in its suit against IBM is successful, its lawsuit could undermine the legal basis for Linux and much other open-source software.
SuSE and SCO Group issue bullish statements about their business prospects, even though the estranged business partners sit on opposite sides of the Linux fence.
An agreement with SCO Group protects Linux seller SuSE from legal action stemming from SCO's accusation that Unix software was copied into Linux, SuSE says.
Like most business partners, the companies that make up the UnitedLinux initiative--SuSE Linux, Turbolinux, Conectiva, and The SCO Group--are hoping that their combined efforts will bear more fruit and bring in more customers than attempting to go it alon
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