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Linux Truce With SCO - Continued...

Linux Truce With SCO - Continued...

[This a follow-up to Nathan Hand's Proposal of Truce with SCO]

  • Read LinuxWorld Feedback to date on Nathan Hand's proposal

    "The lawsuits will destroy The SCO Group, but the damage being inflicted on Linux must stop now."

     "I think some people have been confused by my letter. Some people are accusing me of capitulating, of begging for defeat at the moment of victory, and even questioning my motives!

    I'd like to remind everybody that The SCO Group is not in litigation with the Linux community. The SCO Group is in litigation with IBM, Novell and Red Hat (and it seems certain that The SCO Group will lose all three cases). A truce between The SCO Group and the Linux community doesn't affect those lawsuits in any way!

    I'd also point out that in a war of words there is no winner; there are only losers. The image of Linux is being harmed even though we have the facts on our side. The general media doesn't care about the facts, they care about the controversy. The SCO vs IBM lawsuit doesn't even begin for another 14 months. Although I'm certain The SCO Group will be defeated, should we suffer 14 more months of negative publicity?

    My proposed truce would put an end to the negative publicity now. It brings The SCO Group into compliance with the General Public License now. It removes all the fear, uncertainty and doubt surrounding the legal status of Linux now. IBM, Novell and Red Hat can pick over the bloody carcass of The SCO Group in 14 months or more, but I want an end to the war of words now.

    Bear in mind that IBM cares about IBM, Novell cares about Novell, Red Hat cares about Red Hat, but I care about Linux. I see Linux being harmed by The SCO Group's actions. The lawsuits will destroy The SCO Group, but the damage being inflicted on Linux must stop now."

    Nathan Hand, February 16, 2004

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    Nathan Hand is a Linux developer and enthusiast.

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