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Thursday, March 04, 2004

Bring Out Your Code! 

Judge orders SCO, IBM to produce disputed code.

In her ruling, the judge wrote that SCO hasn't produced enough proof to back up its allegations that IBM moved proprietary Unix software to new Linux systems. SCO Group filed its $1 billion lawsuit against Big Blue nearly one year ago, on March 6, 2003.
The judge's ruling included these key statements:

  • As previously ordered, SCO is to provide and identify all specific lines of code IBM is alleged to have contribute to Linux from either AIX or Dynix. This is to include all lines of code that SCO can identify at this time.
  • SCO is to provide and identify all specific lines of code from Unix System V from which IBM's contributions from AIX or Dynix are alleged to be derived.
  • SCO is to provide and identify with specificity all lines of code in Linux that it claims rights to.
  • SCO is to provide and identify with specificity the lines of code that SCO that SCO distribute to other parties. This is to include where applicable the conditions of release, to whom the code was released, and the date and under what circusmstances such code was released.

IBM is to "provide the releases of AIX and Dynix, consisting of 'about 232 products,'" and SCO is then required to "provide additional memoranda to the court indicating if and how these files support its position and how they are relevant."

Not that I'm following this case very closely... cause I could really care less. I just find it rather amusing. Knowing how code is written... and how that code probably looks (ugly as sin more than likely)... if you can find a judge/jury that will be able to understand and recognize similarities, then I take my hat off to you.


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