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From the Editors of Linux.SYS-CON.com

From the Editors of Linux.SYS-CON.com

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  • Dear Linux.SYS-CON.com Readers,

    Publishing is a fickle business, and in today's world where your comments and responses can immediately be denounced and exposed, even more so.

    There has been a significant amount of discussion regarding recent Maureen O'Gara stories published in LinuxBusinessWeek regarding the SCO/IBM case. As we understand, as of today, she is standing by her story and actively seeking to unseal the court documents mentioned in her story. However Linux.SYS-CON.com and Linux Business Week are two separate publications.

    We'd like to start by pointing out that these news reports are published (and indeed, Maureen writes for) LinuxBusinessWeek, not Linux.SYS-CON.com.com. Yes, it can appear as if the information is published by Linux.SYS-CON.com, but the content belongs to www.LinuxBusinessWeek.com. Linux Business Week is controlled and managed by a completely different editorial team than us. We realize that the distinction between the two Web sites and the magazine isn't clear at the moment, and along with other visual presentation issues of the Web site(s) we are addressing as a matter of urgency.

    The editorial team would also like our readers to understand that we at Linux.SYS-CON.com are not unaware of the issues raised by our readers. Comments, advice, and opinions have been reaching us editors, both here at Linux.SYS-CON.com and through other sites such as Groklaw and Slashdot, and they don't go unnoticed. Indeed, comments and discussions among the editors have followed every article published, often with even more in depth discussions on the ongoing fallout from similar news stories. Some of our editors have even threatened to resign over the issue, such is the strength of feeling amongst the editorial team.

    While our role as editors is to marshall and organize content, there are limits to our capabilities and it's not within our power to go checking every single fact and detail reported by the writers and reporters who provide material for our magazine and Web site. This is especially true for the writers who have been providing content for many years. Obviously, in the case of the news stories provided by Maureen O'Gara, it is impossible for the editors at Linux.SYS-CON.com to read and verify material that is published in any of our dozen or so sister publications or other sites and magazines.

    In a recent article (http://www.linuxbusinessweek.com/story/46800.htm) on the SCO/IBM court case, a number of facts and information has, based on information and commentary supplied by other groups, suggested ostensible (albeit unproven) mis-reporting by Maureen O'Gara. We can't really comment on the accuracy or otherwise of her reporting she provides to LinuxBusinessWeek; none of the editorial team signing this letter were at the hearing. It does seem, however, that based on the available evidence from Groklaw and other parties who were present at the hearing that there are more people disagreeing than agreeing with Maureen's account of the proceedings.

    Therefore we at Linux.SYS-CON.com (the Web site) and Linux.SYS-CON.com (the print magazine), would like to make it clear that we do not approve, contract, or employ Maureen O'Gara. We have no association with Maureen O'Gara of any kind. This obviously means that we are unable to approve or veto any of the stories that Maureen O'Gara has written, irrespective of their source.

    We also want to point out that as editors of the best Linux-focused magazine on the planet (http://www.sys-con.com/2002/PR/05132004.cfm), we are totally and 100% committed to providing unbiased, reasoned and intelligent information on the Linux platform. We at Linux.SYS-CON.com and our supporters at SYS-CON are not, and never have been, supported or driven by anything but the desire to report on the technology matters in our magazine, nor compensated by any company for any report that appeared on the Web site or in print magazines.

    Many of us provide our services, expertise and time just because we love Linux, not for money. Neither the editors of Linux.SYS-CON.com nor SYS-CON have any desire to offend the Linux community or to harm the use and distribution of Linux as an operating system. We wouldn't publish the magazine or provide the articles and content that we do if this was the case.

    Martin C Brown
    on behalf of The Linux.SYS-CON.com Editorial Team
    (Bruce, Dan, Dan O, Dee-Ann, Ibrahim, James, Kevin, Mark, Martin,
    Megan, Pawel, Rachael, Steve, Steven)

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    Martin C. Brown is a former IT director with experience in cross-platform integration. A keen developer, he has produced dynamic sites for blue-chip customers, including HP and Oracle, and is the technical director of Foodware.net. Now a freelance writer and consultant, MC, as he is better known, works closely with Microsoft as an SME; has a regular column on both ServerWatch.com and IBM's DeveloperWorks Grid Computing site; is a core member of the AnswerSquad.com team; and has written books such as XML Processing with Perl, Python and PHP, and the Microsoft IIS 6 Delta Guide.

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