He did it!

Wednesday 28th of January, 2004 - 11:44 – Permalink

I haven't really commented on the SCO vs. Linux dispute, as I haven't really felt very educated on the subject. The Inquirer has an article by the Groklaw team, called Digging for Truth, which is a rather complete introduction on the issue from last September. Recently the whole dispute and everything around it has been blown way out of proportion. Some idiot who apparently thought he was doing a good thing wrote a virus known as MyDoom, which, among other things, attacks SCO's site. CNN, educated as they are, reported Slashdot users thinking this was a good thing. I looked at the source article, and I must say CNN did a good job of making it look like the whole Linux community is supporting this, when the truth is rather the opposite. Reading past the first few posts would indeed have shown that not all of the Slashdot crowd supported the virus writers nor their actions. Bruce Perens made a good stand about how most people in the community really feel. There's also more in another Slashdot article... I really hate this kind of FUD campaigning, especially when part of the media seems to march by the beat of SCO's drum.

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The Inquirer reports on a story on BusinessWeek online, featuring Linus Torvalds' comments on SCO's doings. Linus has more or less given up on SCO ever making any sense, unfortunately the legal systems doesn't really require them to do so either... or they do, but not making sense is a good way to buy lots and lots and lots of time. Groklaw is helping the community to take SCO's claims apart, but the whole thing is likely to keep on going for some time to come. Argh.