SCO Group, which owns the Unix operating system, is suing IBM Corp. for reportedly trying to tank the value of Unix on the open market by allegedly allowing strands of its operating system code to be illegally embedded into the open-source Linux platform. Though IBM denies the allegations, the billion-dollar lawsuit threatens to derail the open-source movement just as it has begun to catch on in schools.

Because the source code for Linux is shared freely among users, who are allowed to add to or change it at will, the copied lines of Unix code


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