SCO demands name of website attacker

Tuesday, 9 September 2003, 3:42 PM EST

The SCO Group has asked Open Source Initiative president Eric Raymond to disclose the name of the person who carried out a distributed denial of service attack on the company's website last month, "so that justice can be done."

In a long "Open letter to the Open Source Community", SCO chief executive officer Darl McBride said: "Mr Raymond and the entire Open Source community need to aggressively help the industry police these types of crimes. If they fail to do so it casts a shadow over the entire Open Source movement and raises questions about whether Open Source is ready to take a central role in business computing."

McBride claimed that another prominent Open Source leader, Bruce Perens, had made "an admission... that UNIX System V code (owned by SCO) is, in fact, in Linux, and it shouldn't be there. Mr. Perens stated that there is 'an error in the Linux developer's process' which allowed UNIX System V code that 'didn't belong in Linux' to end up in the Linux kernel (source: ComputerWire, August 26, 2003. Mr. Perens continued with a string of arguments to justify the 'error in the Linux developer's process'."

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