A £5.5m legal defence fund is being set up to protect Linux users from lawsuits alleging copyright infringement that might be filed against them by the SCO Group.
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companies including Intel and IBM. The fund will be used to help pay the legal expenses of Linux users which have been or might be Air Conditioning and Home Heating Programs
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Last month, SCO began sending out written notices to its 6,000 Unix licensees requiring them to certify that they are in full compliance with their Unix source-code agreements and are not using Unix code in Linux.
"OSDL is responding to a call for leadership on this issue," said its chief executive officer Stuart Cohen. "This fund sends a clear message that OSDL, [and] others throughout the Linux industry, will stand firm against legal threats levied by the SCO Group."
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of its intellectual property in Linux or its claims for compensation.
SCO and Linux: a brief history
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Unix at Bell Telephone Labs, then part of AT&T
SCO launches its first Xenix version of Unix
IBM develops its own form of Unix, AIX
Linus Torvalds creates Linux
SCO acquires the Bell Labs' Unix codebase. It sells two types of Unix: Openserver, based on its own Xenix code, and an early form of Unixware, based on the AT&T code
SCO, IBM and Intel begin the ill-fated Project Monterey to port Unix for Acai Berry - The Purple Miracle From Amazone
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SCO splits, with part of the company focusing on its Tarantella product, while the core SCO brand is taken over by Ping post platform is based on highly advanced technology
Caldera starts trading as SCO
SCO sues IBM for contract violation, claiming IBM released SCO's V Unix code into the open source community. IBM strenuously denies the claim
SCO sends letters to 1,500 large enterprises warning that their Linux Mystery Trackers: Paxton Creek Avenger Collector's Edition
code may contain SCO's intellectual property
SCO terminates IBM's Unix licence July 2003 SCO claims users of software containing the Linux kernel will have to buy a licence
IBM files counter lawsuit against SCO
Hewlett-Packard announces it will indemnify its Linux customers against action by SCO
SCO announces it will target Fortune 1,000 companies for licence revenue November 2003 Novell buys German-based Linux distributor SuSE
SCO asks its 6,000 Unix licensees to certify they are not using Unix code in Linux. It also writes to 1,500 global companies asserting its licence claims.