Friday, August 10, 2007

Novell owns the UNIX and UnixWare copyrights!

Groklaw has this cool article up which shows basically the conclusion of one of those big SCO cases. Now, the question I've had for a very long time is: If Novell owns the copyright, could they consider releasing the source to all of the Unixes and Unixware that they own under, oh, BSD, GPLv2, GPLv3, something interesting and shareable? I, of course, would vote for GPLv2 in case there's any compatibility code that Linux could borrow, but BSD might be mostly as good. That might be a bit like pouring an ocean of salt in a very large wound (or would that be a lake of salt, hmm?) but it might be a generous gesture on the part of Novell to balance out the Microsoft Kum Ba Yah refrain of earlier this year.

Ah, I can wish, I guess. It probably doesn't matter all that much in the end but it would be an interesting symbolic gesture.

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