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    My first FOSS love was Perl

    Set the wayback machine to 1993. I was working at a small company as a programmer and product deployment specialist. The product was COBOL-based and the OS was SCO Xenix. Both were based on open standards, but not open source. I was hired because I knew the medical software business and I had experience in several flavors of what was then called Micro-Unix. I didn't know a thing about COBOL, but that was the job opening. (PS, if you get any calls from the past: COBOL is not hard to learn.) read more

    IBM- and Microsoft-Backed Patent Troll Strikes Again and IBM's Lobbyist for Software Patents Has Just Defended Patent Trolls (Again)

    With IBM and Microsoft having lots of commonalities when it comes to patent policy and exploitation of the law (both employed similar people too, notably Marshall Phelps and David Kappos, former Director of the USPTO), concerns should be raised in light of the latest lawsuit from the patent troll they support

    Microsoft's Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures Still Suing Microsoft's Rivals, Microsoft Gags Its Staff Regarding Patent Matters

    Microsoft says it's pursuing "truce"; the patent trolls it has created and backed (Bill Gates still backs them at a personal capacity) feel differently

    SCO, the Not-Walking Dead, Returns

    SCO. There’s a name I’ll bet you thought you’d never hear again. Guess what? It’s back.

    Blockstream Has No Patents, But Pledges Not to Sue Using Patent

    Blockstream says that it comes in peace when it comes to software patents, which triggers speculations about coming Blockchain patent wars

    Another Ubuntu Tablet, New Distro Releases & More…

    A few months back I was thinking that reporting on FOSS wasn’t as fun as it once was. As a matter of fact, it seemed like nothing was happening, except on the enterprise front — which is usually about as exciting to follow as watching a junior accountant at work. Holy moley, how quickly things have changed.

    SCO Again Returns From Dead, Plans Appeal

    FOSS Force has learned that we shouldn't write obituaries until we actually see a death certificate. SCO intends to file an appeal over the dismissal of its case against IBM.

    Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

    Files appeal in epic 'Who owns Linux' case against IBM The Santa Cruz Organisation (SCO) just doesn't know when it's dead: the company that thinks it owns Linux is having another try at milking IBM for money.…

    India Nixes Software Patents, Linux Foundation Embraces Diversity & More…

    The old and the new both made big news on the FOSS front this week. Representing the old was what appears to be the ending of the SCO vs IBM case after something like 13 years, which means that Caldera/SCO now gets to go it its final resting place. For the new, was the release of the Raspberry Pi 3, which comes weilding a 64-bit ARM processor with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. But that wasn’t the only news of interest to the FOSS world this week…

    SCO's legal war against IBM and Linux comes to an end

    SCO lost its legal battle against IBM and Linux long ago, but now the final shovel of dirt has been thrown on its lawsuits' grave.

    SCO Is Undeniably and Reliably Dead

    It appears as if SCO’s case against IBM, which began as a blustering tornado back in 2003, finally died with a whimper last week. The death notice came in the form of what is essentially a one page agreement between SCO and IBM which calls “for certification of the entry of final judgment on the Court’s orders concerning all of SCO’s claims….”

    SCO vs. IBM looks like it's over for good

    • The Register (Posted by bob on Feb 29, 2016 6:38 PM EDT)
    • Groups: SCO, IBM; Story Type: News Story
    And the winner is IBM. And the lawyers milking the case for 13 long years The long-running SCO vs. IBM case looks like it might just be over.…

    SCO v. IBM: Judge Rules for IBM in Interferance Claims

    The case ruled upon on Tuesday goes back to the time when SCO famously tried to force enterprise Linux users to pay SCO a license fee, since according to SCO, Linux was nothing more than a stolen version of SCO Unix being dressed up under another name. IBM, already a little ticked off at SCO because they’d sued them for the billion dollars, told SCO “hell no,” or words to that effect, when they heard of the licensing scheme, terminated whatever dealings they had left with the company, and just before slamming the door in a huff on their way out, told SCO that they would encourage their partners to do likewise.

    SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

    Judgements in this case are like buses: none for ages, then two at once The end of the near-immortal “Who owns Unix?” case looks to be near after a US judge knocked out the two remaining arguments with which the SCO group hoped to attack IBM.…

    Microsoft's Copyrights- and Patents-Based Attacks on GNU/Linux Carry on

    The SCO case is still going on and Microsoft has just signed a patent deal with GoPro over its FOSS-based software, relating to “certain file storage and other system technologies”

    Judge Says ‘No’ to SCO

    Guess who’s back in the news? Even as a ghost, SCO is trying to pickpocket IBM’s wallet. Well, it’s not a ghost exactly. It’s brain dead and on life support, but just alive enough to seek yet another day in court.

    SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

    Win for IBM as Judge rules attempt to move case away from contract law is a no-no The SCO Group has suffered another reversal in its long-running attempt to squeeze some cash out of IBM for allegedly pinching its code and tossing it into Linux and maybe AIX too.…

    It's Alive! (maybe, sort of)

    Nearly 12 years after it was filed, a lawsuit against IBM Corp. that riled the open-source computer code community is back on the federal court docket in Utah. (No, this isn't an early April Fool's joke. Would that it were.)

    Old FOSS Friend & Foe Represents Sony in Hack

    Folks who follow news about FOSS, OSS and Linux who also watch the “talking heads” shows the TV networks serve up on Sunday mornings might be excused for not noting that David Boies, the lawyer speaking for Sony on this week’s “Meet the Press,” has on several occasions been involved in news stories affecting Linux. Over the years, he’s played the role of both friend and foe, but it’s been a while since his and the FOSS world’s paths have crossed.

    SCO & NSA: The Great Digital Whack-A-Mole Game

    Since leaving SCO, McBride’s life has continued with the sort of gangsteresque intrigue that defined him in the days when he was Linux’s public-enemy-number-one. Last May he made news when The Salt Lake Tribune reported that he had turned over a four year old audio recording of a conversation he had with Mark Shurtleff, who had been Utah’s Attorney General when the recording was made.

    ‘Who Don’t You Trust’ Poll – The Biggest Loser Is…

    Novell, which we expected to be near the top of the list, came in as a relatively trusted company by our readers. With an eighth place showing, only IBM scored fewer votes. We have little doubt that five years or so ago, Novell would’ve probably been right behind Microsoft as one of the least trusted companies in the FOSS world, due primarily to their dealings with Microsoft in support of their SUSE Linux distro, which many people thought was both underhanded and designed to spread FUD.

    Microsoft Nemesis Dies, SCO Lives & More…

    Speaking of Groklaw, it was déjà vu all over again this week, with PJ once again reporting on the case of SCO v. IBM. Yup, they’re back in court. We’re reminded of the early days of Saturday Night Live when week after week Chevy Chase on “Weekend Update” would reassure the audience that Spain’s late dictator Francisco Franco remained dead.

    Zombies, Linux, IBM and SCO

    • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Jun 19, 2013 7:00 AM EDT)
    • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux, SCO
    In March of 2003, SCO Group filed a lawsuit against IBM over Unix trade secrets. Ten years later, it's a legal dispute that is still alive. Groklaw - a site that got its start because of the SCO case - and a site that is still very much alive was the first to report on the re-opening of the case.

    It’s back: District court judge revives SCO v IBM

    Sad that Game of Thrones has wrapped up its third season? Looking for some drama to fill the time? We've got just the thing for you. One of the Internet's longest-running and most-hated lawsuits is back: SCO v. IBM has been reopened by Utah district court judge David Nuffer.

    SCO v IBM case resurrected

    The US District of Utah has re-opened the SCO v IBM court case, as Groklaw reports. The never-ending legal story originally started in 2003 when SCO filed its lawsuit against IBM, alleging the company had violated some of its intellectual property in its Linux products. It temporarily came to an end when SCO filed for reorganisation under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in 2007.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, SCO v. IBM Is Officially Reopened

    • Groklaw; By pj (Posted by bob on Jun 17, 2013 11:56 AM EDT)
    • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, SCO
    The Hon. David Nuffer granted SCO's motion for reconsideration and reopening its case against IBM. Who can believe this is still going on?

    10 years of defending Linux's legalities: Groklaw

    • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Ridcully on May 28, 2013 10:26 PM EDT)
    • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, SCO
    Ten years ago, SCO decided to sue IBM and started a series of legal attacks on Linux. Their cases were pathetically weak, but CIOs and CFOs didn't know that. Thanks to paralegal turned legal journalist, Pamela "PJ" Jones and her Website Groklaw, executives who wanted to know what was really what with SCO's multitude of lawsuits soon learned of the FUD behind SCO's claims. SCO and its silent backer Microsoft hopes for profits and slowing down Linux's corporate success would come to nothing, and SCO ended up in bankruptcy.

    Building an OpenServer 5.0.7 System on New Hardware in 2013

    • The ERACC Web Log; By Gene Alexander (Posted by eracc on Apr 24, 2013 5:44 PM EDT)
    • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: SCO
    Yeah, I know. OpenServer is not Linux by any means. But some of you may know someone who may need to read this article. Pass it on.

    SCO Never Can Say Goodbye

    If memory serves, the only evidence we ever saw were some clumsily disguised lines of code from Linux that matched Unix code line for line. There was a good reason for the match; it was BSD code dating back to the infamous settlement between AT&T and Berkeley.

    SCO is finally “Dead Parrot” dead

    SCO, the company that started the Linux lawsuit madness, is now in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but the Linux intellectual property FUD lives on. SCO has ceased to be. It has expired and gone to meet its maker. It's joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-company. With apologies to Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch, SCO, the company behind a series of foolish anti-Linux lawsuits, is finally really and truly dead.

    23 Awesome less known Linux/Unix command chaining examples

    Command chaining is a concept to execute two or more commands in one shot to increase .. productivity Reduce system resource usage(In some cases ) Short and sweet codes . In this post we will see how to use different command chaining operators available for us in an easy way. Command chaining operators & –Forking

    Solaris, SCO, Linux, Open Source and Red Hat Summit

    • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Jun 29, 2012 8:01 AM EDT)
    • Groups: SCO
    Vendors and analysts alike tell me people aren't worried about Linux litigation and that Solaris isn't a concern for Linux vendors. As it turns out, that's not entirely accurate. I was on a panel today at the Red Hat Summitt in Boston and we got a question about the risk of Linux, from a legal perspective. Apparently it is still a (small) concern.

    Oh, Google, you shouldn’t have. Really.

    • ZDNet Consumerization Blog; By Ken Hess (Posted by khess on Apr 20, 2012 3:33 AM EDT)
    • Groups: SCO, Oracle; Story Type: News Story
    You know what sucks worse than Java alternatives? Java patent infringement lawsuits.

    News: Linux Top 5: SCO Returns

    The past week on the LinuxPlanet saw the return of SCO, a company most of us have long ago written off a footnote in the history of Linux's success. It also saw a new study from Ubuntu showing how broad and diverse its base of Linux users have become.

    SCO and IBM Stipulate on Going Forward with Utah Litigation -- It's Game On

    SCO and IBM have reached a stipulation [PDF] on how to go forward on reactivating the Utah litigation, and SCO has filed it in Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. Assuming it's signed by the judge, the Hon. Kevin Gross, in time for the April 23rd hearing now scheduled in Utah District Court in Salt Lake City before the Hon. Dee Benson on SCO's laughable motion to let only *it* go ahead and IBM not, I'd say it's game on. They've agreed IBM can proceed with its defenses and counterclaims. It was IBM that suggested in its opposition to SCO's motion that the best way forward was to ask the Bankruptcy Court to lift the stay on *both* parties, which is what the stipulation agrees to.

    Kernel Archives Hacked, SCO Dies Again, More HP Changes & More

    I’ve been working on a story all week on the mess at HP caused by the all-at-once and probably premature announcement they’re dropping WebOS, smartphones and consumer PCs. One trouble, I keep having to go back and rewrite stuff, because the story is still very, very fluid and new aspects keep popping up almost daily. On Monday, Bloomberg Businessweek announced that HP’s chief communications officer, Bill Wohl, will be moving to a “special assignment.” Chief Marketing Officer Marty Homlish will be picking up the slack with the corporate communications team and Lynn Anderson will take care of PR’s day-to-day operations, at least for the time being. According to the Bloomberg, both Wohl and Homlish have a history with CEO Leo Apotheker that predates his tenure at HP:

    10th Circuit Affirms in All Respects - Novell, Not SCO, Owns the Copyrights, etc.

    Finally, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled [PDF] on SCO's appeal of its loss to Novell in the second jury/bench trial. The appeals court affirms in all respects. So, SCO loses again, and likely this is as far as it will go. Technically, SCO can ask the US Supreme Court to hear a further appeal, but that is very unlikely to happen and even less likely to be granted were it to happen. SCO has fallen downstairs, hitting its head on every step, to the very bottom, just like I told you in May of 2003, in the first article I ever wrote about SCO.

    Linux Heavily Used in the Enterprise by 1999 - And SCO Knew It or Could/Should Have

    Remember how SCO told the court in SCO v. IBM that Linux wasn't ready for the enterprise until IBM got involved in the year 2000 and allegedly worked to make it "hardened" for the enterprise by donating code? It said that it wasn't until 2001, with version 2.4 of Linux, that Linux was ready for enterprise use. Linux, SCO said, was just a bicycle compared to UNIX, the luxury car, until IBM did all that. Not only is that chronology not true, I think I can show you evidence that SCO knew it was not true or could have and should have known. Just in case the case ramps up again in some form, I thought it would be good to add the evidence to our collection.

    More Wayne Gray. No! Again? Still?! Yes. He Wants to Reopen Discovery in the USPTO Dispute

    Even I finally got my bellyful of SCO. But there is yet one guy left who still can't get enough. And so it transpires that there are new developments in the never-ending trademark dispute that was initiated by X/Open in 2001 when Wayne Gray tried to trademark the mark INUX. If you recall, the dispute was put on ice back in the summer of 2010, pending resolution of Gray's civil litigation.

    Opinions: SCO Sells Out, Oracle Stops Selling

    This week's Linux Top 5: SCO gets new ownership, Oracle call its quits on OpenOffice as Novell releases last major update for SLES 10, and more.

    LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Apr-2011

    LXer Feature: 18-Apr-2011

    Forgive my lateness once again in getting the LXWR out to you, I am out of town and working from a family member's Mac..how does anyone get anything done on these things? No keyboard shortcuts, no right clicking, safari sucks and of course I forgot my mouse! I need some Mac lessons methinks.. Enjoy!

    LXer Weekly Roundup for 10-Apr-2011

    LXer Feature: 11-Apr-2011

    In the Roundup this week we have Ubuntu announcing that 11.10 will not ship with the Gnome classic DE, is it worth rooting a Nook Color, Novell shows of Mono for Android, praise for the D-Link Boxee and last but not least PJ says there will be no more Groklaw after May 16th. Enjoy!

    Groklaw Articles Ending on May 16th

    Saturday, April 09 2011 @ 04:14 PM EDT

    I have decided that Groklaw will stop publishing new articles on our anniversary, May 16. I know a lot of you will be unhappy to hear it, so let me briefly explain, because my decision is made and it's firm. In a simple sentence, the reason is this: the crisis SCO initiated over Linux is over, and Linux won. SCO as we knew it is no more.

    There will be other battles, and there already are, because the same people that propped SCO up are still going to try to destroy Linux, but the battlefield has shifted, and I don't feel Groklaw is needed in the new battlefield the way it was in the SCO v. Linux wars.

    A 2004 UNIX/Linux Code Comparison for SCO Showed Essentially Nothing - Update on Baystar

    A consultant hired by SCO in 2004 to compare UNIX and Linux, with the thought he could be used as an expert at trial, says that, after days and days, his comparison tool found "very little correlation". When he told that to SCO, it paid him and he never heard from SCO again. Interesting, huh? And how odd that SCO went on to sue folks for alleged copyright infringement even after that happened, don't you think?

    Is SCO's Unix business being sold to UnXis?

    In an email, SCO today (Friday) informed its partners that UnXis Inc. was chosen as the successful bidder for SCO's Unix software business on 26 January. The slightly convoluted phrasing is probably due to SCO's current reorganisation under Chapter 11. On 16 February, the transaction is to be submitted for approval to the bankruptcy court where SCO's case is pending. The email also quotes Hans Bayer, SCO's Vice President Worldwide Sales, as saying that “We are delighted that after years of shifting targets, that under the UnXis ownership, we now will be prepared to create a truly customer driven, fully supported, open systems platform for high reliability enterprise computing”.

    McNealy to Ellison: How to duck death by open source

    Let's forget the last few years ever happened — the last five, at least. Possibly 10. In the 1980s Sun Microsystems was on fire. Founded in 1982, Sun raked in so much money that it broke the psychologically important $1bn sales barrier in six years. It took Microsoft 15 years to hit $1bn — six if your starting point is the date Microsoft was incorporated. Oracle — up the road from Sun — took 14 years. Sun was the fastest growing US company between 1985 and 1989, according to Forbes, and supplied the entire US government with more than half its workstations nine years after starting.

    Why Oracle Wants LibreOffice to Succeed

    This past weekend, while the US was ramping up for yet-another contentious election, politics of another sort were happening in the land of open source software. Specifically, 33 members of the Germanophone project within the larger OpenOffice.org community gave Oracle and the OpenOffice.org team leaders notice that they would be walking away from the project and working for the new LibreOffice project, now being managed by The Document Foundation. The reasons for the walkout are clearly stated: the developers are unhappy with the OpenOffice.org stance that any current OpenOffice.org project or team leader who is also working on LibreOffice should withdraw from their position in the OpenOffice community.

    Ballmer: Android ain't free. Microsoft gets paid.

    On the back of the news that Microsoft (MSFT) is suing Motorola (MOT) for patent infringments related to Android, Steve Ballmer tells the Wall Street Journal that HTC is paying a license fee for its use of Android...and that other Android manufactures may be forced to do the same.

    Who will buy SCO Unix?

    Bids are due to SCO by October 5th at 5 PM and I suspect there will also be a few hedge/investment type groups that may express a lowball offer interest as well. Then again, the SCO Unix business could have such little value that no one in their right mind will offer anything for it and it will finally die the death it should have had years ago and simply fade away.

    Living Through the Wild West of FOSS History


    LXer Feature: 21-Sept-2010

    Could things be more exciting in the the world of FOSS right now? Yes it could, but let's not be too hasty..

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