August 5, 2003

SCO's blackmail

Give us $699 now for a single processor machine and we won't sue you later. After October 15th, it'll be $1399.

SCO Group's contention is that it needs to collect fees from users for its intellectual property because vendors such as IBM and Red Hat Inc. don't indemnify their customers against intellectual-property infringements contained in the Linux kernel. "There's a shell game going on here about legal Linux liability," McBride said. "The rock is showing up under the shell of the end user. Vendors have shifted liability to their customers. IBM and Red Hat have painted a Linux liability target on the backs of their customers."

Or maybe, you can't win picking on people your own size, so you're picking on the little guy.

Obviously, the comments are raging on slashdot.

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