A sustainable business model for software development can be built
only on an intellectual property foundation. I invite the Open
Source community to explore these possibilities for your own
benefit within an Open Source model. Further, the SCO Group is
open to ideas of working with the Open Source community to
monetize software technology and its underlying intellectual
property for all contributors, not just SCO.
--Darl reaches out
The European Parliament vote on software patents is delayed due to a
high level of pressure from anti-patent activists.
SCO is fined €10,000 in Germany for violating an order that it
not claim that Linux contains its property.
The Library of Congress Moving Images Collection is hosted on Linux
Skylink's right to make interoperable garage door openers is upheld in
court against a DMCA challenge by Chamberlain. The ruling says little
about the DMCA, however (analysis).
Version 1.0 of the Epiphany browser is released (announcement).
The popularity of Linux--fueled by fear of placing too much
control in the hands of a single (notoriously aggressive) vendor
and by the widespread conviction that open source software can save
you a bucket of money--is rising like the waters of the flood
toward the software fortress that Gates built.
VeriSign launches its "Sitefinder" service, violating the DNS
standards and upsetting numerous Internet users.
GNOME 2.4 is released exactly on schedule (announcement).
The European Parliament passes the patent directive, but
with substantial amendments which block software patents (directive text).
HP offers indemnification to its customers against suits from SCO.
SCO claims that Red Hat's suit should be dismissed because, it
seems, SCO never actually threatened Red Hat. Or so they say. (Motion to
Red Hat and Fedora Linux are pleased to announce an alignment of
their mutually complementary core proficiencies leveraging them
synergistically in the creation of the Fedora Project, a paradigm
shift for Linux technology development and rolling early
The Red Hat Linux project becomes the Fedora Project; this project
will carry Red Hat Linux development forward in a more community-oriented
devfs is marked "deprecated" in the 2.6 kernel.
Red Hat earns a $240,000 profit on $29 million in revenue (press
The WRT54G router source provided by LinkSys is shown not to be the code
running in the device; the pressure campaign on LinkSys intensifies (detailed findings).
The GNU Project celebrates its 20th anniversary (initial
Particularly controversial was the claim that SCO had the
capability to launch a wave of invoices within 45 minutes of an
outbreak of licence infringement. This was flatly contradicted by
intelligence reports, which insisted that the only weapons in the
company's armoury were a few elderly FUD missiles and the odd
The Linux Documentation Project celebrates its tenth anniversary (announcement).
SGI discloses that SCO has "terminated" its Unix license as of
Linux invoices promised by SCO fail to show up.
Samba 3.0 is released (announcement).
Trustix AS goes bankrupt, ending (temporarily) the Trustix Secure
Linux distribution (announcement).
Slackware 9.1 is released (announcement).
SnapGear claims the first "production" distribution with the 2.6
kernel despite the fact that no such kernel has been released (press
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