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In an open letter to the OS community, Darl McBride writes: 'The most controversial issue in the information technology industry today is the ongoing battle over software copyrights and intellectual property. This battle is being fought largely between vendors who create and sell proprietary software, and the Open Source community. My company, the SCO Group, became a focus of this controversy when we filed a lawsuit against IBM alleging that SCO's proprietary Unix code has been illegally copied into the free Linux operating system...' Read the full letter here: The most controversial issue in the information technology industry today is the ongoing battle over software copyrights and intellectual property. This battle is being fought largely between vendors who create and sell proprietary software, and the Open Source community. My company, the SCO Group, became a ... (more)

SCO's GPL Position is "Just Invalid" Says Professor

During the interview, LWM editor-in-chief Kevin Bedell asked Professor Moglen about his opinion of SCO's statements regrding the validity of the GNU General Public License, or GPL. Here is Moglen's response: "As to the actual substance of any claim that the GPL is an invalid copyright permission, it's foolish. The GPL is not some contractual example of what these days is called a license in the IP world. The GPL is an example of a permission, what we used to call a license . If you take an ordinary first-year property class in law school, which I have sometimes taught, the word l... (more)

Keynote Panel: Asynchronous Web Services: Unlocking the Promise of Mobile Productivity

Powerful social, technological, and commercial factors are driving the movement to a mobile society. Mobile devices and wireless infrastructure are rapidly being deployed in enterprise environments around the world. Anaylsts have predicted productivity gains of up to 8 hours a week as a direct result of this mobile technology infusion. This panel will discuss how you can realize those benefits by deploying applications and solutions that understand and take advantage of a mobile environment, focusing specifically on the asynchronous nature of the new workforce, a much more mobil... (more)

"I Wasn't Brought In to Have Warm Fuzzies with Slashdot," Says McBride

Speaking to The Boston Globe's reporter Hiawatha Bray, Darl McBride has out-done himself. Small wonder that the Globe's piece quotes software developer Ron Newman, who after hearing McBride speak at the Harvard Law School on Feb. 2. apparently said: "I believe his unpopularity far exceeds that of Bill Gates, who is No. 2." Newman's view isn't one shared by the Globe's reporter, though.  "In person, McBride is hardly the malevolent villain imagined by Linux boosters," writes reporter Bray, before adding: "As a child, he was the one who always sorted out sibling disputes. As a young... (more)

The i-Technology Right Stuff

Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page... (more)