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I Regret to Inform You, I Am No Longer Providing Tech Support to SCO Customers"
Thursday, July 29 2004 @ 04:03 PM EDT

Someone else has taken a stand and is declining to provide techical support for his open source product, Xpdf, to anyone using SCO products. You will remember that Fyodor blocked SCO from using his application, nmap, in their releases. You can find the email on comp.unix.sco.misc. It is a question many of you face, so I thought you'd be interested in the topic.

I have TinyUrl'd the url, so geeklog can swallow it. Here is the email:

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Subject: Fallout from the SCO suits

From: Roger Cornelius (email redacted)
Original Format
Newsgroups: comp.unix.sco.misc
Date: 2004-07-27 17:40:42 PST

I recently contacted the author of the open source pdf viewer xpdf about an issue I'm having. I am posting his response here with his permission:

> I'm using xpdf 3.00 on SCO OpenServer 5.0.7 (this issue was present in
> 2.03 as well).

I regret to inform you that I am no longer providing any technical support to companies or individuals who use SCO products.

As you undoubtedly know, Xpdf is an open source project. In addition, my company, Glyph & Cog, makes heavy use of open source licensing in its business model.

SCO appears to be determined to destroy the entire open source licensing model -- suing Linux users, and even going so far as to make the (ludicrous) claim that "the GPL ... violates the United States Constitution". [http://www.ut.sco.com/5reasons/#5]

In light of this ongoing attack by SCO, I have concluded that my only option is to refuse to do business with any of their customers.

- Derek


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