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January 27, 2008

Where are you Darl?

srikanth @ 10:25 am, GMT +0000 ( 1201429548 ) Play

This company claimed tons of things. When asked to show proof, this was the closest they came to showing it

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But, as every sane person expected, it couldn’t stand up to closer examination, and even these proofs turned out to be false.

Which company? What claim of theirs am I referring to here?

Cracked by:udupendra , gammafunction , madhur , BiGFooT , Biki , Dibyo , duriel , Ganesh Prasad , rajeshvj , prasanth , bs , shashank , shenoyvarun86 , Prasad , yaksha and jayanth.

Answer: SCO claimed (repeatedly)  that the Linux kernel used “lots” of code that belonged to them, since they claimed to “own” UNIX. They had, in fact, gone to great depths to try and discredit the Linux kernel, including sending threatening letters to many enterprise linux users.

When asked to show proof, they delayed forever and basically wasted loads of time. Eventually, some arbit SCO tradeshow had a couple of slides of code from the Linux kernel (in the pics above) that SCO claimed came from their System V Unix implementation. This, of course, turned out to be bunk when the original authors (K&R, I think) showed up saying that they’d written it ages ago and released it into the public domain.

Oh, SCO filed for bankruptcy recently. They apparently made the mistake of trying to sue IBM.


16 Responses to “Where are you Darl?”

  1. udupendra
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    SCO, claiming they own Unix. Darl McBride got pwned by Novell for that.


  2. gammafunction
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    The company is the SCO group.They claimed that Linux contained SCO’s UNIX System V source code and that Linux was an unauthorized derivative of UNIX.

    Darl Mc Bride being the CEO of the SCO (which has filed for bankruptcy protection)


  3. madhur
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    The SCO Group, Inc. is a software company formerly called Caldera Systems and Caldera International.

    In March 2003, SCO claimed that Linux “contained SCO’s UNIX System V source code and that Linux was an unauthorized derivative of UNIX”. SCO filed suit against IBM for an unprecedented US$1 billion and demanded that Linux end-users pay license fees.


  4. BiGFooT

    SCO Group`s infamous claim that the Linux Kernel was a “Line-By-Line” copy of its System V code…and their consequent attempts to sue Novell, IBM & Red Hat for incorporating their “IP” into subsequent flavors of Linux….
    Me thinks ur on a quest to decapitate and/or dismember Mr.McBride, so here`s my $0.02 worth of help towards locating him :)

    McBride is fluent in Japanese and spent time in Japan as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[1]


  5. Biki
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    sco


  6. Dibyo
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    The company is SCO. At the beginning of 2003, SCO claimed that there had been “misappropriation of its UNIX System V code into Linux”

    They filed a lawsuit against IBM, and later Novell and Red Hat got into the melee.


  7. duriel
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    The company: SCO (formerly Caldera, now nothing).
    The claim: that copyrighted unix code was used in linux.

    SCO went on to sue companies like IBM,Novell,RedHat… in pursuit of full copyright ownership over unix, and general unpopularity. the man behind the madness was Darl McBride(clue).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.....troversies

    note: why was this too obvious? i mean, the answer is right there in the question.


  8. Ganesh Prasad

    SCO Group
    “claims that the 2.4 version of the Linux kernel contains code copied from SCO’s Unix System V kernel.”


  9. rajeshvj
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    1. Santa Cruz Operations (SCO) Group

    2. The claim that IBM fudged “large” blocks of code from SCO UNIX and put them in the Linux kernel.


  10. The company is SCO
    Their claims are that linux stole the code from SCO


  11. bs

    SCO claimed that IBM’s contribution to Linux source code was illegal, basically that Linux benefited from System V code (which SCO “owned”) and sued IBM, Red Hat, and whole host of licensees including Daimler Chrysler(!). The hint points to Darl MacBride, SCO’s head honcho and frequently lampooned User Friendly character. Which IMHO is a lot funnier and geekier than xkcd and I’m surprised you guys haven’t introduced it here yet. Check it out at: http://www.userfriendly.org/


  12. The SCO Group, Inc
    referring to the infamous SCO vs IBM lawsuit


  13. Is this Darl McBrides Caldera International and their claim of IP for various UNIX OS’s….Just Wiki!!


  14. Prasad

    SCO.
    They claimed Linux violated Unix copy-rights.


  15. yaksha
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    SCO
    SCO Group claims that the 2.4 version of the Linux kernel contains code copied from SCO’s Unix System V kernel.


  16. the SCO group.
    In this campaign SCO “announced that Linux contained SCO’s UNIX System V source code and that Linux was an unauthorized derivative of UNIX”


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