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SubjectRe: Linux v2.6.9 and GPL Buyout
Jeff V. Merkey wrote:

> Jon Masters wrote:
>> I'd love for you to accept liability for this so we can pass all SCO
>> enquiries on to you.
>> Jon.
Jon and LKML,

Also, I will contact Allan Sullivan who represents IBM in the litigation
and let them know I would be happy to
handle this an an advocate of the Linux Community. Alan Sullivan worked
for me on the TRG/Novell lawsuit
and I know him. I will be more than happy to challenge any claims Linux
folks think are bogus from SCO.

Since I am an expert in IP misappropriation (having wormed and squirmed
my way through it for years) I think I could cut
through at lot of SCO's FUD (And you guys FUD as well). I could very
easily get rid of most of thier claims provide
you guys will take out of the kernel:

XFS, JFS, NUMA for certain. You can maintain them as patches for the
time being and let the vendors
who put them in deal with SCO on what belongs to whom.

I think their SMP claims are very weak at present. Novell has stated
publically you can use their patents. I also
consent to Linux using any patents in my name for SMP in Linux IAW
Novell's offer. Any IBM contributed
code should probably be removed and reimplemented by someone else, then
SCO has no claims on it.

I have no idea what you should do about RCU. On this one, wait for the
posting from SCO, then remove the code
and reimplement it cleanroom. The loss of XFS, JFS, and NUMA is not
critical, and people can always get patches.
If you guys do this, then SCO won't be able to interfere with Redhat or
any Linux companies except the ones they
are suing. Darl showed me the undisclosed IP agreements between Novell
and SCO that are not public, and Novell
**IS** going to lose their Copyright case -- the agreements say they
sold them to SCO -- period, and for some
reason Novell failed to make copies of the documents which is why they
don't have them.


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