Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Forbes.com: IBM Refuses To Indemnify Linux Users

Forbes.com: IBM Refuses To Indemnify Linux Users: "IBM is making a lot of noise at the LinuxWorld trade show in San Francisco this week. The computer giant is announcing new customers using the Linux operating system, a cheaper alternative to traditional operating systems like UNIX and Microsoft's Windows. IBM will also announce new Linux products, new Linux reseller programs, and an expansion of IBM's Linux services practice to include 3,000 certified Linux techies, a ten-fold gain from two years ago.
In other words: We know you've heard about that lawsuit filed by The SCO Group (nasdaq: SCOX - news - people ) out in Utah. But we're not worried--see?--and neither should you be. (In case you've been in a cave for the last few months, back in March SCO filed a $1 billion lawsuit against IBM, alleging that IBM put SCO's UNIX code into Linux. See 'What SCO Wants, SCO Gets.')
But there's one thing IBM (nyse: IBM - news - people ) won't announce this week, and that is a promise to indemnify its Linux customers against possible SCO claims.
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"Linux is open-source code. No single company provides it. Users understand that there are no warranties or indemnities that come with Linux," an IBM spokeswoman says."
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