(LinuxWorld) — The shockwaves emanating from the lawsuit SCO Group
filed against IBM last week continue to ripple back and forth across the
entire IT community. That includes the free-software and open-source
segments. How the suit will affect the future development and usage of Linux
remains to be seen.
SCO Group CEO Darl C. McBride told analysts and reporters in a teleconference
on Friday that "this case is not about the debate about the relative merits
of the proprietary versus open-source software models. This case is also not
about IBM's right to develop and promote open-source software, so long as
they do that without SCO's proprietary information."
The most immediate threat of the suit to IBM is the issue of licensing for
the use of Unix in AIX. Loss of that license could cause serious problems for
IBM's Unix-based hardware offerings. While there is hug... (more)
(LinuxWorld) -- It's been bugging me for weeks, ever since I read the
announcement from LinuxWorld Conference and Expo that Microsoft is coming to
the show. No, the announcement didn't mean stealth attendance by solo
Microsoft employees or contractors. The show has had those in the past. It
meant Microsoft will have a booth. My questions are what do they hope to
accomplish and how will they do it? What would motivate Microsoft to
participate in an event celebrating a cancer-causing, communist-inspired,
anti-American miscreant of an operating system called Linux?
I queried Micros... (more)
(LinuxWorld) -- I bought my first laptop two years ago in preparation for my
first (and the event's second) Linux World Conference and Expo (LWCE). It was
a used ChemBook I purchased from a friend in the local Linux User Group. It
had two easily removable hard drives, one of which contained a working
installation of Red Hat. Back in 1999, it was still a bit unusual to run
Linux on a laptop.
A couple of weeks ago, after four LWCEs, one USENIX, and an ALS, my trusty
traveling companion gave up the ghost while I tried to install a new
distribution of Linux. I bought a new laptop t... (more)
(LinuxWorld) -- There's been a lot of buzz on the Net recently about a movie
that opened across the country January 12. The villain in MGM's "Antitrust"
is based on the man so many love to hate, Bill Gates. Adding to the buzz --
at least among the open source crowd -- is the fact that Linus Torvalds, Jon
"maddog" Hall, and Miguel de Icaza were all involved in the making of the
That buzz was more than enough to whet my interest. So when I saw a message
on the local LUG mailing list noting that free tickets for a sneak preview
could be had at an Austin novelty and graphics ... (more)
(LinuxWorld) — Have you ever wanted to get to know Linus Torvalds a
little better? To see behind that clever, mild-mannered public demeanor of
his and observe the real man? But if you're like me, you're usually too short
of the cash/time required to go on the Linux Lunacy Geek Cruise and meet him
up-close and personal.
Never fear, my dweebs. Here are ten questions that Doc Searls, Phil Hughes
and the rest of the gang really wanted answered on that cruise but were
afraid to ask.
Thanks to these probing questions and Torvalds' illuminating responses
— questions that t... (more)