John C Dvorak's PC Magazine article called "How to Kill Linux," introduced
the world to what he called "the lopped-off head approach" - the head being
that of Linux, and the beheader being Microsoft.
Dvorak's notion is that, since the key to competitive success is to gain
dominant market share with a proprietary product, all Microsoft needs to
neuter Linux is to usher "MS-Linux" into the world, then cut the driver layer
out of Windows and attach it to Linux directly.
"If Microsoft actually produced an MS-Linux that was the standard Linux
attached to the driver layer of Windows, giving users full Plug and Play
(PnP) support of all their peripherals, nobody would buy any other Linux on
With that one driver element proprietary, in Dvorak's view, the murder plan
might succeed, with Microsoft taking its distribution of Linux and selling it
as a "lopped-off h... (more)
LinuxWorld brings here the letter, sent to the 535 members of Congress, in
February 27, 2004
The SCO Group, Inc. (SCO), has recently sued IBM and Novell and launched
broad attacks on the legality of and the economic justification for so-called
open source licensing, including the free licensing of Linux. As an
organization dedicated to advancing the skills and contributions of computer
researchers and developers, the USENIX Association is compelled to address
and refute the position SCO has taken regarding open source software.
Since 1975, USENIX has brought together the co... (more)
"IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant may have until March 19, 2004, to
respond to Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint," wrote the Honorable Dale A.
Kimball. And so today we can expect the next chapter in the long-running SCO
vs IBM saga, as Big Blue files its response to the SCO complaint in question.
Commentators are saying that the whole case is going to boil down to the
clauses in the original AT&T/IBM contracts. One required IBM to keep the code
in confidentiality and another stipulated that IBM must treat derivative
works the same as the original product, even where IBM owns ... (more)
The experts do not agree.
One says that Mac has roughly 3% of the desktop market, and that the Linux
share is considerably lower than that. Meantime another maintains that Linux
already captured the No. 2 spot in 2003. The magazine Wired, on the other
hand, reports this month that, in the desktop market, "Mac Keeps Lead on
Who is right? Do the advances Linux has recently made in making itself more
consumer friendly mean it can now compete directly with the Mac OS or Windows
on the desktop? Can Linux unseat Mac OS as the number 2 desktop OS in the US,
Europe, Australia, a... (more)
A panel of Linux experts, asked yesterday what they thought the impact of the
SCO vs IBM lawsuit were likely to be on the adoption rate for Linux in the
enterprise, were unanimous: it will not have any impact whatsoever.
Larry Augustin, the Chairman of VA Software, was adamant: “It is a lawsuit
filled with sound and fury and signifying nothing,” he proclaimed. “It
doesn’t impact end users of Linux, it is just a specific contract dispute
between SCO and IBM.”
“IBM is perfectly capable of taking care of themselves,” Augustin
continued. “It’s not about IP, it’s about a specific contr... (more)