SCO updates Unix product, open-source attitude | Tech News on ZDNet

In an effort to turn around its dwindling Unix revenue, SCO introduced a new version of its OpenServer product Wednesday along with a new open-source-friendly attitude.

SCO has been most prominent recently for its legal attack on IBM, Novell and others regarding its allegation that proprietary Unix software has been improperly moved into open-source Linux. Indeed, one of its targets is AutoZone, a former OpenServer customer.

Part of that attack was leveled at the General Public License (GPL), which governs Linux and which SCO attorneys said violates the U.S. Constitution as well as copyright, antitrust and export control laws. But Wednesday, SCO touted the inclusion of several open-source products with OpenServer.

SCO’s position is consistent, spokesman Blake Stowell argued. “We don’t necessarily have issues with open source, we just have an issue with open-source technology that includes intellectual property it shouldn’t,” he said. Indeed, SCO’s products have included open-source components for years.

Anyone buying into this?

As Scotty on Star Trek once said,

Fool me once, shame on you … Fool me twice, shame on me.

And this other saying; I don’t know where it came from, but it is true in regard to many things in life:

You can forgive a dog for being a dog, but you don’t have to go back into his yard.

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