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6 hours ago, stief said:

Cheered for Google, because I followed the SCO-Linux case for years on Slashdot. 

Did you hear that it is back on?   The new owners of SCO resued IBM last week. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/xinuos-finishes-picking-up-scos-mantle-by-suing-red-hat-and-ibm/

 

A lot of people thought it was a joke based on timing but nope it's legit.  

 

Hopefully this ruling finally shuts them down again. 

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3 hours ago, Mid said:

I should care because ?

You used a computer to enter that post. 

 

How would you feel if that computer suddenly had  $100,000 worth of licensing fees tacked onto it?   That is the world oracle lives in. It is how they do business. Completely anticonsumer.  But businesses gladly pay up over and over again.

 

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4 hours ago, dacapo said:

After what Larry did to the Americas cup.....fuck Oracle

Exactly my feelings

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5 hours ago, peragrin said:

Did you hear that it is back on?   The new owners of SCO resued IBM last week. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/xinuos-finishes-picking-up-scos-mantle-by-suing-red-hat-and-ibm/

A lot of people thought it was a joke based on timing but nope it's legit.  

Hopefully this ruling finally shuts them down again. 

Gad--I didn't know. Thanks for that link.  Miserable way to start the day. Checked, and looks like old Slashdotters (some 4-digit, but no 3-digit posters yet) are gearing up for the fight again. 

https://yro.slashdot.org/story/21/04/01/1647259/sco-linux-fud-returns-from-the-dead#comments

(For IP implications in Canada, Michael Geist is my go-to source. )

@Mid. Imagine SA with a Link Tax. That battle is still ongoing.

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A couple of angles:

Sun had developed JAVA.

Oracle bought Sun to get into the server game and further lock in their installed customer base and got Java for free.

Java was designed EXACTLY for this.  Write software once and recompile onto any platform (mainframe, laptop, phone).

But at the time, Oracle wanted to throw their weight around just like Microsoft kept trying to license mutant versions of shareware for UNIX back then.   In doing so, Oracle pissed off the same open source folks.

And they did jack to promote Java which withered. When Google used the code, some corporate lawyer was likely yelling Jackpot!

 

Not like Oracle needs the money.

Those who have been in the business know Larry's original database package was so-so back in the late 80s.

He lucked out when he bought the RDB database group from Digital Equipment when they got out of the software business except for operating systems and compilers (The Oracle building on Oracle Drive in Nashua NH is the old Digital Equipment software building.  Got Oracle into the corporate database business.   Larry just knew how the rake it in with various licensing schemes.

 

Lifting code is nothing new.  Microsoft's original DOS was based on Digital Research;s CP/M operating system which they were sued for but MS had better lawyers.  And in the 90s many companies set up development groups and handed them the functional specs of famous software and told their engineers to go build it but never look or even peek at a copy of the famous code.

 

In the end, only the corporate lawyers are happy for they can bill for hours and hours year after year.

 

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