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Old 08-20-2003, 05:16 PM   #1
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Question I hate to ask this but...


Hi

I hate to even evoke their name because it inspires such anger and passion but I have to tell you that I am getting sick (and I mean "hand-me-a-barf-bag" SICK) of reading about SCO in the news every day. Now these weasils claim to be tracking Linux end-users and say they will be requiring them to license up and if they don't...see you in court!. They say they will "stop at nothing" to protect "their" intellectual property.

In the beginning I just blew them off but since I AM an "end user", this is starting to get a little bit personal and has me concerned. I don't run a server and I'm not the CEO of some "major company". I'm simply a person who uses Linux at home and for personal use. They way they carry on each day and beat the drums of war, I'm 1/2 expecting them to be busting down my door any day now and I'm tired of feeling paranoid about that. While I know there is only a small chance this could happen, I must admit that I DON'T like feeling like I have to hide in a dark corner of my basement to use an OS which is supposed to be free and made to feel like some kind of freakin' criminal for it!.

It seems that every day they get a little crazier and outdo themselves. I don't want to have to wait until 2005 for them to settle this because even after it's settled, M$ (or some other greedy company) will be trying to find some other way to attack us (patents, copyright, etc). Linux is like a piece of road kill (but in a GOOD way) and here you have all these vultures fighting over who is going to feed first and who get's the biggest piece, etc. It's crap like this that will eventaully turn what used to be the internet into a corporate-controlled black box.

Just my 2-cent rant
 
Old 08-20-2003, 05:29 PM   #2
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buy a gun and shoot them if they come. its america you know, we can do that
 
Old 08-20-2003, 05:59 PM   #3
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Moved: Rants go in General, not Linux - General which is reserved more for technical type questions.

And sk8guitar,

As this is a free country, lets refrain from telling others to shoot poeple. When your posting on LQ, the law is Jeremy's law as he see's fit and that will not be tolerated here, even if it is a joke.

Regards.
 
Old 08-20-2003, 06:23 PM   #4
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If the Big Bad SCO(tm) comes after you, just switch to a 2.2 kernel. Then you'll be safe, and can go back to 2.4 when IBM's finished bleeding them dry.
 
Old 08-20-2003, 06:25 PM   #5
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if you squint your eyes and read the rant it kinda sounds like that of a p2p music downloader........ but yeah, i agree.

trinity
 
Old 08-20-2003, 07:31 PM   #6
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When I first started reading the first post I thought you were talking about Big Issue sales men/woman.

Note: Probably only English people will understand this .
 
Old 08-22-2003, 10:46 AM   #7
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Well, they're welcome to try coming after me for their $700, it'll just waste even more of their dwindling cash supply though, there's no way I can afford that kind of money.
 
Old 08-22-2003, 06:40 PM   #8
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I wish there was a company that sold toilet paper with the Darl McBride's portrait on it.
 
Old 08-23-2003, 02:15 AM   #9
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Question Good idea

quietguy47, why don't you start a business. I'll buy a roll. Take a few ex-lax and wait. lol lol lol a lot

 
Old 08-24-2003, 03:47 PM   #10
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Quote:
I wish there was a company that sold toilet paper with the Darl McBride's portrait on it
This isn't a new idea.

Many moons ago, I worked with a bloke who came from the North East (UK) and was a "rabid" Sunderland fan.

When his wife became pregnant, he got into his car and drove to Newcastle United's (big, big rivalry) ground and visited their club shop.

He then bought as many packets of Newcastle United nappies (diapers)(with their club badge on the front) as he could afford,

Just so that he could say that from birth, his child had shat on Newcastle United.

Just thought I'd tell you that!

regards

John
 
Old 08-24-2003, 03:58 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by Trinity22
if you squint your eyes and read the rant it kinda sounds like that of a p2p music downloader........ but yeah, i agree.

trinity
I was thinking the exact same thing, how odd...

Anyway, yeah, if SCO comes to your house, you can always come stay with me. We'll network our PC's and run Linux til our fingers bleed. And, short of the US being taken over by another country, they won't get in here

Cool
 
Old 08-24-2003, 04:45 PM   #12
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I think we will be hearing more about this.
Given SCOs outrageously crazy escalation of cr** I expect a serious effort to stop them immediately.
And expect SCO to get even crazier.....
 
Old 08-24-2003, 06:02 PM   #13
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2damncommon, Thanks for posting that link. That is a great letter. I hope we get updated on any replies.
 
Old 08-24-2003, 06:32 PM   #14
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Since the SCO website has been down for almost 2 days and their response to Red Hat's lawsuit is due Monday, besides the above letter, I suspect there will be news of some sort on monday.
 
Old 08-24-2003, 07:05 PM   #15
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sorry about that tricky
 
  


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