If you go to the product page on SCO's site, though, you see some interesting things. They advertise all sorts of "next-generation enterprise features" including logical volume management, asynchronous I/O, the O(1) scheduler, journaling filesystems (including JFS), PCI hotplugging, high availability features, etc. All the sort of stuff that an aspiring business distribution with a (probably) Red Hat-derived kernel should have.
The only problem, of course, is that these are all features that, according to SCO's suit against IBM, could not exist in Linux unless SCO's proprietary technology had been stolen and put there illegally. SCO is even advertising features (JFS, EVMS) that were directly developed and contributed by IBM; JFS was even listed explicitly in the company's complaint. This is all stuff that, according to SCO, is destroying SCO's Unix business and depriving the company of a billion dollars (minimum) worth of intellectual property.
The proprietary technology that, according to SCO, was misappropriated is certainly contained in this new distribution. And SCO is shipping it with source, licensed under the GPL. Before filing suit, SCO might have been able to claim that they didn't know that "their" property was contained within their Linux distribution. But they have no "plausable deniability" now. SCO is, itself, shipping the code that, it claims, is destroying its business. The company is trying to have it both ways, selling Linux while claiming that the product is tainted. It would be interesting to hear how SCO justifies this position. Unfortunately, SCO did not respond to questions sent by LWN, so we can't tell you.
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