Posted Aug 19, 2003 19:53 UTC (Tue) by burbank15
Parent article: Why SCO won't show the code
The code in question may be relevant if SCO is really intending to press the "DNA" argument. The quote from McBride stating "The DNA of Linux is coming from Unix" is interesting. Combined with earlier statements concerning IP I wonder if this isn't another argument they're developing.
Granted I would be surprised if this is really what will form the basis of their case. How could you argue that ideas and processes that are available in any number of college texts without requiring an NDA can really belong to one company? Wouldn't this line of reasoning require that any programmer who attended any classes on OS design in the last 30+ years be willing to enter into some sort of contract with SCO. And SCO would have to convince the courts that the OS design theories that influenced Unix can be used without any contractual encumbrance, while processes developed for Unix do have contractual encumbrances.
*sigh* The more I read about this case, the more I think that someone such as Arianna Huffington should be writing a column about SCO. Any suggestions for the title? Note that she has already used "Pigs at the Trough" for a book.
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