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(LinuxWorld) — Caldera Systems, Inc. d/b/a The SCO Group v. International Business Machines Corp. is the first case I could find that involves intellectual property and Linux. At the heart of SCO's complaint are allegations that IBM signed a license to study and use SCO's source code to improve IBM's AIX and that IBM's release of SCO source code to developers has harmed SCO. This is the first time anyone has claimed in a state or federal court that proprietary intellectual property has found its way into Linux. What does this case mean to Linux? Let's find out. SCO's 40-page, 9,000-word complaint is the opening shot in its battle against IBM. A complaint is supposed to be a short, plain statement of the claim that shows the plaintiff's entitlement to some relief. It also should show that the court receiving the complaint is the right place for the dispute. SCO... (more)

4 newbie questions about Linux answered

(LinuxWorld) — If you run Gentoo Linux or Sorcerer, patch your kernel code by hand or compose complicated HTML pages using vi, this URL isn't for you. If you're new to Linux, read on. This story was inspired by the following letter-to-the-editor I received recently: I want to shift from Windows to Linux and have some questions. Can I run any Linux application on Windows and any Windows application on Linux? If yes, how?Where can I get a tutorial on starting with Linux and its benefits?How can I install Linux on my system?From where I can get Linux applications? Basic ques... (more)