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Linux vs SCO Legal Defense Fund May Soon Reach $10M
Linux vs SCO Legal Defense Fund May Soon Reach $10M

As reported last November here at LinuxWorld, the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) consortium is determined that Linus Torvalds should have access to substantial financial backing should The SCO Group ever sue him in connection with its campaign to litigate over what it considers to be copyright infringement by users of Linux.

Now, The New York Times reports this morning, corporate users of GNU/Linux too will have access to funds administered by OSDL too. The legal defense fund, the Times says, is projected to reach $10 million - "several million dollars" having already been collected in recent days from IBM, Intel and MontaVista Software, according to Stuart Cohen, chief executive of the OSDL consortium.

The OSDL itself counts among its members Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Novell in addition to these three - indeed there are 30 members in all - so it should not be short of funds if push comes to shove.

The Times explains, in terms that any manager will be able to comprehend:

The legal defense fund is an effort to allay the worries and reduce the risk to corporations, which increasingly use Linux as an operating system to run data-serving computers that power big networks and Web sites. Linux is distributed free, and is debugged and improved by a global community of programmers. Technology companies do charge for providing technical support for Linux, and manufacturers sell a lot of server computers that run the Linux system. In corporate data centers, Linux has emerged as a strong alternative to Unix and Microsoft Windows.

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