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Re: [linrad] flavors and colors of Linux. Is RedHat strange orcharming?
- Subject: Re: [linrad] flavors and colors of Linux. Is RedHat strange orcharming?
- From: Frank Brickle <brickle@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 17:01:41 -0500
One of the examples was at least as old as the first edition
of the Kernighan and Richie book, and public domain in the
strictest sense. The other example was an implementation of
the Berkeley Packet Filter, a clean-room job and issued
under the BSD license.
There is no infringing code, period.
As far as IBM proper is concerned, it appears that the
"3-rocket-scientist" team looking for infringing code
amounted to nothing more than a grep on the kernel tree for
the strings JFS, SMP, RCA, NUMA, and SMP. Most of the
"infringements" found were comments that the feature in
question was not implemented.
If anything, the odds are that GPL code was illictly
incorporated into SCO products.
Please see http://www.groklaw.net for a very full account of
this and associated issues.
Joe Fitzgerald wrote:
incorporating SCO-copyrighted code into it. They have sited specific examples from
the 2.4 and 2.5 kernels.
I have been following this pretty closely ... has SCO cited any code that was actually stolen? This is the biggest irritation about this case ... they don't tell us what code was stolen (unless I have missed something).
To my knowledge, they have only publicly pointed to code that is the same in their Unix and Linux ... no surprise since this code was previously available, and incorporated legally into both products.