Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Thu Jul 17 22:14:21 UTC 2008

Antonio Olivares wrote:
> I have been keeping up with this thread and am actually surprised that no one has mentioned SCO, and if they did, I missed it:)

SCO wasn't particularly interesting in terms of development work unless 
you go all the way back to xenix on some really horrible hardware that 
was pretty much a dead end anyway.  They had a small-business customer 
base before Linux was a viable option.  But the business entity known as 
SCO today has nothing in common but the name.

> SCO is back at it again and they want Linux to pay for some stuff, and according to the arcticle(which follows) only Microsoft and SunOS are safe from their threats :(
> http://linux.sys-con.com/read/614015.htm
> I have read somewhere(don't recall where) that many of the software that was written for BSD/SunOS made its way into linux since the previous were for pay.  That is where Linux came in, then the big companies started selling it and now is getting bigger everyday, unfortunately there are many who do not like it like Microsoft, Apple, SCO, etc.  

There is always the possibility that in the process of duplicating the 
exact functionality of the original commercial versions some code was 
copied or some patented algorithms re-implemented, but so far no 
specific case has been proven.

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com

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