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Red Hat Files Complaint Against SCO FUD & Funds Defense Against SCO Claims

U.S. GNU/Linux Community Fights Back

By Mike Angelo -- 4 August 2003 (C)

SCO-Caldera v. IBM:

SCO Clears Linux Kernel but Implicates Red Hat and SuSE

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SCO-Caldera & the GNU/Linux Community:

Red Hat Software (RHAT), the leading GNU/Linux distribution provider today announced a two-pronged counter attack against SCO-Caldera's (SCOX) anti-Linux war. SCO-Caldera has been attempting to scare GNU/Linux users into buying SCO UnixWare licenses that promise to hold them harmless from SCO anti-Linux lawsuits. SCO-Caldera also has filed a lawsuit against IBM, which is essentially a fracas about IBM contributing code to the Linux kernel and otherwise heavily supporting GNU/Linux and the GNU/Linux community.

In a Red Hat press release today, titled "Red Hat Takes Aim at Infringement Claims" Red Hat says:

"Red Hat . . . filed a formal complaint against The SCO Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOX, "SCO"). The purpose of this complaint is to demonstrate that Red Hat's technologies do not infringe any intellectual property of SCO and to hold SCO accountable for its unfair and deceptive actions."

"'We filed this complaint to stop SCO from making unsubstantiated and untrue public statements attacking Red Hat Linux and the integrity of the Open Source software development process,' said Mark Webbink, General Counsel at Red Hat."

"To further protect the integrity of Open Source software and the Open Source community, Red Hat has established the Open Source Now Fund. The purpose of the fund will be to cover legal expenses associated with infringement claims brought against companies developing software under the GPL license and non-profit organizations supporting the efforts of companies developing software under a GPL license. Red Hat has pledged one million dollars to be provided as funding in this initiative."

Unfortunately, the Red Hat announcement does not state with what Agency or Court the said Complaint was filed. We will give you the details as soon as we know them.

Update Note: The 105 paragraph civil lawsuit Complaint was filed at 11:55 AM on 4 August 2003 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. The case is styled Red Hat Inc., v The SCO Group, Inc., (Formerly Caldera International, Inc.). There are seven Counts involving tort claims and requests for money damages, declaratory judgment, and permanent injunction against SCO.

A very special thanks to the several readers who sent us e-mail setting forth the details, links, and even a copy of the Red Hat v SCO Complaint. Way to go readers. :-)

The Germans already have been quite successful at getting the German courts to force SCO-Caldera from making its Anti-Linux claims and spreading FUD in Germany.

You can read the full press release on Red Hat's Web site.


Please see the first two parts of our series about SCO-Caldera's IP claims plus its intentions to enforce and license its intellectual property rights.

SCO-Caldera & the GNU/Linux Community: The SCOsource IP Matter

SCO-Caldera & the GNU/Linux Community: Part 2, Under the Iceberg's Tip


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