In case anybody here hasn’t been following SCO’s dramatic attack on Open Source software and the GNU General Public License, or if you haven’t kept up to date for a few months, now is a good time to go over to www.groklaw.net and settle in for some satisfying reading. Those of us who were worried that SCO might be able to conjure up some sort of legal garbage and win even a few battles can breath a little easier I think, because IBM is finally striking back, and doing so in a way that shows us that law can be an art form, and IBM practices that art very well indeed (as some have pointed out on the groklaw forum).
Try http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20040820115307246 to see how IBM has forked SCO on the GPL. (I can imagine this conversation at SCO: Darl asks his minions, “Didn’t anyone here READ the GPL before we tried to repudiate it?” “Garsh no!”, “I thought you did!”, “No not me, how about you?”)
And it gets better. Go here http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20040824172119364 to see IBM show that SCO’s ‘experts’ aren’t qualified, and even if they were their declarations are a form of horse manure. And IBM’s experts? They brought in Randall Davis, Professor of Computer Science at MIT, and Brian Kernighan, whom you may have heard of before. (Yes, THAT Kernighan!)
We are not at the end yet, there’s still a lot of legal maneuvering to get through, but SCO is looking more and more like a corpse.
And if anyone reading this is thinking about defending SCO, even a little, go over to groklaw first. It will keep you from looking foolish.