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The US software company Aduva has announced its intention to release a tool to root out SCO code in the current Linux kernel and replace it. What the vnu.net report says is that the Butler Group, a company of analysts, has suggested in a recent research note  that it can only be a matter of time before SCO code is removed entirely from the Linux kernel. "Even if SCO's claims are proven to be true that the 2.4 kernel and later do contain Unix code," says the report, 'the kernel will be rewritten." So is it true that vendors and users could easily recompile their Linux software to temporarily remove modules that may contain SCO copyrighted software, thus avoiding potential demands by SCO for royalty payments? Well, even if it is, the point is moot until such time as SCO Group goes on recordsating what exact Linux components lie at the hertb of its lawsuit against IBM.... (more)

"Linux is Free Again," Says Perens; UserLinux Launches September 1

"Repairing the Economic Paradigm of Enterprise Linux" was the sub-title of Bruce Perens's 2003 white paper floating the idea of UserLinux. Now the distro he envisaged, a system for both desktop and server use in businesses of all sizes, is close to release. (There is a wiki devoted to it here.) The plan is for a mass beta for i386-based systems September 1. It will be a a focused, user-oriented version of Debian, say its supporters. "UserLinux is enterprise Linux without the big price tag," said Perens recently at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. In addition to i386, the plan is to ad... (more)

Schwartz: "Developers Don't Buy Things, They Join Things"

"Developers don't buy things, they join things," notes Sun's president and COO Jonathan Schwartz in his first blog of the new year. Admitting that he swiped this observation from a fellow software exec, Schwartz continues: "[A]s we enter the new year, you should expect 2005 to be one in which we place an ever heightening focus on our dialog with the community, and the developer community in particular." "One community with whom we've maintained a strong (nothing's ever perfect) dialog over the past few years," he adds, "is the Java developer community. It's vibrant and thriving, n... (more)

Linspire's Robertson: "Linspire Five-0 Finally Makes Linux Practical For Anyone"

Exclusive SYS-CON Radio Interview With Michael Robertson"For more than a year, we've analyzed and studied the user experience to create a Linux product suitable for the mass market," said Michael Robertson, CEO of Linspire, Inc., as his company on Wednesday announced the release of its latest operating system, Linspire Five-0. "Linspire Five-0 is so easy to use, it finally makes Linux practical for anyone - from a Fortune 500 executive to a kid researching a school essay," Robertson continued. "More than a year in the making and with more than 1,200 improvements, the newest vers... (more)

John C. Dvorak's Microsoft Murder Plot: "How to Kill Linux"

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, g... (more)