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  • SCO vs. BSD

    Hopefully by now you've all read about SCO's recent declaration of intention to sue "BSD" for infringement of IP ( and hopefully you all are also familiar with the AT&T USL vs. BSDi lawsuit, which was settled out-of-court but was tantamount to USL giving their blessing to the 32V-cleanliness of 4.4BSD Lite, and ultimately the original Net/2 release which served as the basis for 386BSD/FreeBSD as well as NetBSD/OpenBSD. Even then the number of infringing lines in Net/2 was extremely minimal, 56 lines of kernel code out of 231,000, and 130 lines out of 1.3 million for the userspace utilities.

    There's been a considerable amount of speculation as to who SCO will actually be suing in this case, as BSDi is now defunct and UCB is no longer the driving force behind the BSD community. For some reason many have suggested Apple, although I was under the impression they held a Unix license for A/UX, although I suppose they could be sued for any original 4.3BSD code left in XNU considering they distribute Darwin as open source.

    However, if they go after FreeBSD, NetBSD, or OpenBSD directly I think they'll be hard pressed to find any of their IP in the sources...
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  • #2
    yeah, linux and bsd would be "out of business"... totally.
    "Those who would willingly trade essential liberty for temporary security are deserving of neither." --Benjamin Franklin


    • #3
      dont touch my freebsd :(

      $free = !$hope && !$fear;