Novell acquires Ximian
I must say that your decision to file legal action does not seem
conducive to the long-term survivability of Linux.
Red Hat files suit against SCO asking for a judgment that its
products do not infringe on SCO's intellectual property (press
Gentoo Linux 1.4 is released.
SCO announces the availability of its "intellectual property license for
release). Nobody has managed to buy one yet, though.
The UCITA committee is shut down by the National Conference of
Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (announcement).
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 achieves Common Criteria EAL2
certification; it is the first Linux distribution to be certified in
this way (press release).
The Eridani Linux distribution is shut down (announcement).
A German study shows that Linux is almost as usable as Windows (ComputerWorld
RealNetworks launches the Helix Player project to build a free media
player based on Real's code (announcement).
Every party who enters into this license will be in violation of
the GPL, and in infringement of the collective copyrights of the
Linux and GNU system authors. As a customer, if you purchase the
SCO license, you can be sued by every copyright holder who has
contributed to the Linux kernel and other components of the
system. You can be sued by IBM, by Red Hat, by me, by tens of
thousands of people and companies.
--Bruce Perens talks
OPIE (Open Palmtop Integrated Environment) 1.0 is released (announcement).
Sun Microsystems joins the Open Source Development Lab (press
IBM countersues SCO, alleging GPL and patent violations among many
other things (analysis).
The GNU Project's FTP server is compromised (explanation).
The Debian Project celebrates its tenth birthday (announcement).
The Xouvert project launches as an experimental fork of XFree86.
A few years ago I'd have worried about doing this, the great thing
is that with the kernel community we have today I know I'm not a
critical cog in the machine. In fact I'm surrounded by people far
better than I am and we even have Andrew Morton to keep Linus in
--Alan Cox goes back to
SCO claims that the GPL is unenforceable because it is preempted by
Federal copyright law, which only allows the creation of a single backup
copy of software.
SCO shows some code at SCOForum. It is immediately shown by the
community as coming from BSD-licensed sources (though one piece does turn
out to have come via SYSV).
Linux users are immune to the SoBig virus, but get flooded with
"virus notification" mail anyway.
Guido van Rossum leaves PythonLabs to work with a startup company.
If you go behind the scenes, the attacks that we get that don't
have IBM's name on them, underneath the covers, are sponsored by
The California Supreme Court upholds restrictions on linking to
DeCSS in the Bunner case, but sends the case back for a determination
of whether DeCSS truly infringes a trade secret.
SCO claims it showed the BPF code as an example of how it can detect
"obfuscated" code rather than a case of actual copying.
SCO's web site falls off the net apparently as a result of another
denial of service attack.
The 2.4.22 kernel is released (announcement).
PostgreSQL Inc. donates its replication software to the project (press release).
A World Intellectual Property Organization meeting on open source is
canceled due to pressure from software vendors.
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