[Talk] SCO position, rationale and AUUG

Chris Maltby chris at sw.oz.au
Fri May 23 15:00:08 EST 2003

On Fri, May 23, 2003 at 02:49:05PM +1000, Adam Donnison wrote:
> I too have been watching from afar (as it were).  I'm wondering who
> the audience of any statement would be?  If it were to go to the
> general public then it might be worth condensing the comments from
> Eric Raymonds paper which essentially would boil down to a press
> release something like:
> SCO resorts to dirty tricks to lessen Linux
> SCO, in what they are hoping will be characterised as a David and
> Goliath contest, have started procedings against software giant
> IBM in an attempt to gain lost ground to the now well entrenched
> Linux operating system.
> In what can only be characterised as a farago of mistruths,
> misdirections and outright fabrications, SCO is attempting to
> claim that IBM, by its multi-billion dollar investment
> in the free operating system Linux has infringed SCO's IP rights.
> (short description of what Linux is, what the stakes are, what
> the actual claim is).
I like it. I'd change the second paragraph to be:

According to Greg Lehey, President of the open source lobby
group AUUG, "the case can only be characterised as a farago...
> The idea is to try and point out that SCO has ulterior motives,
> and is not the lilly-white injured party it tries to portray.
> It has to be done in short sentences, and without too much
> detail, in order to get it into the space requirements of most
> publications, and also to get people to read it.  By all means
> go on and explain the differences, but if it runs to more than
> 400 lines, forget it.

And attribute it to someone with a title.

> Just my 2c worth.


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