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Thu, Nov 20 2003

Curiouser And Curiouser

Well, this is strange. I've been reading a bit about SCO's recent actions regarding IBM, and came across articles that mentioned their dealings with LinuxTag in Germany. So I dug a bit and ended up reading (by scrolling down the page for the English version) of injunctions against SCO's German subsidiary. But the link to the German site seems to be gone (at least I can't access it). And LinuxTag has a new site which points to material on their old site. Former Caldera co-founder Ransom Love (who was there when Caldera acquired SCO, from what I understand), has broken ties with the whole mess, and has recently joined the board of directors at Progeny, which works with the Linux Platform. I read at one point that Ransom Love had been a major part of UnitedLinux, but after reading this article, I have a better understanding of what he did. Or do I? He has definitely taken the high road when it comes to talking about the past, but check out last year's Computerworld story about Love's departure from UnitedLinux. I'm more confused than I was when I began trying to catch up on this tale. And I could find no mention of Ransom Love on the UnitedLinux site.

There's a link on SCO's site to this TechNewsWorld article, which I would blandly assume means that SCO likes that story. But once I followed the story down the page and read the comments, it baffled me why SCO would link to something that was full of snarling and jabs at SCO.

To add to my confusion, I have tried and tried to find out just what it is that IBM is in trouble for with regard to the code issue. Is it true that not even IBM itself has been given information as to exactly what bits and bytes they nipped off with? It sounds like an old Perry Mason episode, in which Perry jumps up at the last moment and presents evidence that no one has been privy to for the entire length of the show. I am thoroughly confused, and I'd really like to know how this will affect all of us who use computers in the future.

By the way, I hear Ransom Love's been working on a book about the early days of Linux and its metamorphosis as a commercial product. I knew there was something I liked about that guy. He's a writer.

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