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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 the market." 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)

"USENIX Was Here Before SCO. USENIX Was Here Before Linux," Says USENIX Assoc Open Letter to Congress

LinuxWorld brings here the letter, sent to the 535 members of Congress, in full: 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)

SCO vs The Rest: IBM Must File Today, Novell Too

"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)

Who's Losing Most Desktops to Linux, Apple or Microsoft?

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 Linux." 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)

SCO vs IBM Lawsuit Will Have 'No Impact Whatsoever' on Linux in the Enterprise, Say Experts

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)