International Business Machines Corp. has fired back at the SCO Group Inc., saying the small Utah company's claim that IBM gave away proprietary code to the Linux operating system is false and should be thrown out of court. The ultimate outcome of this dispute has significant implications for education institutions, especially colleges, using or thinking about using the open-source system for their computer networks.

In a countersuit filed Aug. 7, IBM also accused SCO of unfair competition and infringement of Big Blue's patents. The countersuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. ...

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