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SCO Introduces New Intellectual Property License for Linux



SCO Introduces New Intellectual Property License for Linux


SCO, owner of the UNIX operating system and provider of UNIX-based solutions, announces the availability of the SCO Intellectual Property License for Linux to companies and organizations worldwide.

This run-time license permits the use of SCO’s intellectual property in binary form only. According to SCO, “customers will avoid infringing on SCO’s intellectual property and copyrights currently found in Linux.”

SCO claims to have identified several areas of Linux where there is intellectual property infringement. The most notable are:

– 71 UNIX Application Binary Interface (ABI) derivative files that SCO claims have been copied into Linux without authorization.

– Copy over a million lines of UNIX-derived code, including portions of Journal File System (JFS), Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA), Symmetric Multiprocessor (SMP) code and Read Copy Update (RCU) which, according to SCO, have violated the UNIX source code license.

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– Exact copy of UNIX System V code, protected by copyright.

– Other non-exact copies of code and masked source code contributions.

This license is available now for around $699 per processor for servers and around $199 per processor for desktops. In addition, the company also offers the license for system manufacturers using Linux.

Chips Sontag, Senior Vice President and General Manager of SCOsource states that: “While we have identified several problem areas within Linux, we also want to be reasonable with customers and allow them to continue to use Linux and our intellectual property once the SCO IP License for Linux helps customers satisfy legal requirements to continue to use SCO’s UNIX intellectual property in Linux properly, while compensating our company for this use.”