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Novell has announced it will indemnify users of its newly acquired SuSE Linux software systems. Following the lead of Hewlett-Packard, which was praised for its savvy in being the first Linux vendor to indemnify customers in the face of SCO's source-code claims last September, Novell said enterprise users of its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server will now have an additional measure of protection against certain intellectual property challenges to Linux.
Several ex-Santa Cruz, ex-Caldera developers are now at Intel and could testify that Santa Cruz and Caldera either knowingly used GPL code in their own products or put parts or UNIX out as GPL with the full knowledge of their managers.
Second, Intel has some ownership claims over at least some parts of the header UNIX files which SCOldera recently claimed to own.
Since the Linux versions of those files were written for Linux without access to UNIX code there is no way SCOldera can legitimately claim[*] ownership of those Linux files, thus my wording above, 'ownership ... UNIX files'.
But now with Intel coming out in favor of Linux in this fight and with Novell's copyright claims, and the revelation that AT&T donated those files TWO SEPARATE TIMES to standards bodies, SCOldera's ownership of even the UNIX versions of those files is highly questionable, if not outright laughable.
[*] illegitimacy does not appear to stop SCOldera from exercising its 'make all the illegitimate claims we can, maybe something will stick someday' strategy
So after reading Novell's Linux Indemnification Program one must wonder, is it MS pushing SCO, or Novell... Come, come to novell, and we will protect you against the big bad SCO