IBM vs SCO

History:

IBM donates code to Linux which improves the open source operating system and makes IBM a hero to the Linux community. IBM plans to replace its own brand of UNIX with Linux one day.

SCO sues IBM, alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract and tortious interference with SCO’s business — claiming that Unix source code had been copied, sometimes without modification, into Linux.

IBM denies the allegations.

Hackers, many of whom use and rely on Linux, launch a crushing DDoS attack against SCO’s website — burying it — and consuming 90% of SCO’s Internet service provider’s bandwidth (equivalent to about about 100 high-speed T1 data-transmission lines) in the process.

Commentary:

This is not a case of David and Goliath. This is the story of a confused company scrambling for a foothold in a shrinking marketplace where a free, grassroots operating system is owning the industry.

IBM saw this trend years ago and responded with heavy investments in Linux which also helped to bolster the success of the movement and won IBM the support of the open-source community in the process.

SCO failed to react quickly enough to a trend that began years ago, and it’s paying the price. In this volatile industry, hesitation kills, and SCO may have waited too long to make its move.

Elsewhere:

After breakfast today, you will be meeting Martha Stewart.

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