Feeds

Uncle Sam may need to pay for Linux

SCO eyeing the White House

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

The next target in SCO's Linux licensing hunt may well be the White House.

Netcraft shows the White House Web site humming away on the very Linux servers that have come under SCO's watchful eye. White House staffers are big open soucre fans using both Linux and Apache - two of free software's finest products.

SCO has said that any large scale Linux users running on the 2.4 kernel or above will either have to pay a licensing fee or suffer the legal consequences. Open source advocates say that SCO's charges are without merit, but for now, the attack is on. Along with the 1,500 letters SCO has sent out to corporate users, it may finger the White House next, should it turn out the government runs on a recent version of Linux.

"If the White House is running that, they are probably a candidate," said a SCO spokesman.

The White House has failed to return repeated requests for comment on the issue. Hosting provider Akamai has also refused to respond to calls inquiring about what version of Linux the White House servers use.

This leaves the door wide open as to how the government may respond to SCO's licensing and/or legal threats. Surely, the great defenders of IP would be ready to pay up and give SCO what it wants. Or will the White House, like many Linux users, wait to see how court battles play out? ®

Related Stories

SCO says it's time for Linux users to pay up
Bush's e-mail faces DoS attack
SCO not playing by Aussie Rules

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.