SCO knew Linux was clean before lawsuit

Slashdot and OSNews point the The Register which in turn points to Groklaw with the newsflash: SCO Knew Linux Doesn’t Infringe – Memo. “SCO’s CEO Darl McBride was told that the Linux kernel contained no SCO copyright code six months before the company issued its first lawsuit, a memo reveals. An outside consultant Bob Swartz conducted the audit, and on August 13 2002 Caldera’s Michael Davidson reported the results.”

Slashdot points to Unsealed SCO Email Reveals Linux Code is Clean. rm69990 writes “In a recently unsealed email in the SCO vs. IBM case, it appears that an outside consultant, hired by SCO in 2002, failed to find copyright violations in the Linux Kernel. This was right around the time Darl McBride, who has before been hired by litigious companies as CEO, was hired. It appears that before SCO even began its investigation, they were hoping to find a smoking gun, not believing that Linux could possibly not contain Unix code. Apparently, they ignored the advice of this consultant.”

So, SCO’s own study couldn’t find infringing Linux code.

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