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SCO is Still Distibuting the Linux Kernel. Yup. The Whole Enchilada
Friday, August 11 2006 @ 11:45 AM EDT

We've been busy in the last week or two demonstrating that SCO is still distributing items it is suing over, like ELF and binutils. Why so modest a scope? SCO is still, three plus years after suing IBM, distributing the entire Linux kernel under the GPL right here: ftp://ftp.iso.caldera.com/pub/skunkware/contrib-3.1.1-10-20011130.iso

This is like reporting on the Keystone Kops. I guess we can now call SCO the KeySCO Kops.

Here's what our informant tells us:

This is the ISO image that contains Linux kernel source and binary RPMs under EXTRA/RPMS and EXTRA/SRPMS. The current disk image is dated April 1, 2004; the difference from the previous version is the removal of nmap (after Fyodor's request that SCO not distribute nmap any more).

The ftp.iso.caldera.com site doesn't have any of the "Legal Notice" files that have been strewn about in some other places. The "freely distributed" is inside the ISO, in the file README (also attached here). The relevant snippet is

"This CD is freely distributed. An ISO image is freely downloadable from http://www.caldera.com/support/contrib/ and it is freely included in media kits. The owners of some components do not permit commercial resale, so you cannot charge for copying those components, and therefore you cannot sell or resell this CD. However, most components, including all components licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), do not prohibit you from copying, modifying and/or reselling those components, for any price you want. See the individual COPYING, LICENSE or README files for a component for specifics with regard to licensing and redistribution of that component."

Of course, the Linux packages come with the GPL, but this snippet mainly just shows that this CD is not restricted to existing customers, and was not intended to be so restricted. It's "freely distributed," "freely downloadable," "freely included in media kits."

So the date, April of 2004 and the change, removing nmap, shows that SCO knows what is in here and it still distributed it long after it sued IBM.

All that is missing is a little running around madly music.


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