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Re: Meta-discussion on the IP issues of GPUs and 3D -- 90+% of the Linux community is too ignorant for legal issues
  • From: "Bryan J. Smith" <b.j.smith@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 23:11:43 -0400
  • Message-id: <1148785903.2724.20.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sat, 2006-05-27 at 22:38 +0200, Orn E. Hansen wrote:
> SCO's claim never had any merit, never will.

SCO's claims on Linux IP never had any merit.

But the original SCO v. IBM lawsuit had _nothing_ to do with Linux IP.
It had to do with Project Monterey, the withholding of source code and,
more directly, the Non-Compete clause that IBM could _not_ opt out of.
Acting like Project Monterey doesn't exist, and that IBM didn't screw
over SCO well before the lawsuit, is part of that "ignorance" problem
that I -- among others -- have with 90+% of the Linux community.

No matter how many times Cox, ESR and Linus himself basically said
"leave it alone," it's a "contract dispute," everyone kept making the
statement that it was about Linux IP _prior_ to the May 2003
modification. It was that 90+% of the rabid Linux community gave SCO
that avenue, because they can't differentiate between the filings and
rulings over contracts and IP claims.

Again, if SCO makes it through trial, IBM is going to _lose_ on
_several_ counts. And that's when 90+% of the ignorant Linux community
and 100% of the clueless IT media goes "how?"

Bryan J. Smith Professional, technical annoyance
Americans don't get upset because citizens in some foreign
nations can burn the American flag -- Americans get upset
because citizens in those same nations can't burn their own

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