TuxRocks.com is managed by Frank Sorenson. TuxRocks hosts my personal web pages, as well as a variety of additional pages. Currently, the largest collection of these pages relate to the SCO v. IBM lawsuit and other related legal matters. I chose the name TuxRocks because my family really thinks Tux and Linux are great. My young son in particular really loves Tux, and pretty much thinks that all penguins must be named Tux.
The collection of legal documents hosted at TuxRocks are intended to be a helpful supplement to other sites (such as Groklaw) that discuss the SCO lawsuit(s) and other legal matters that are of concern to open-source advocates. My pages should not be interpreted as a substitute for these other sites or as sound legal advice. Also, I do not represent or speak for anyone else (sometimes, I don't even represent myself).
There are a number of reasons that I'm involved in the SCO matter. To name a few:
- I think that they (The SCO Group) are sabotaging Linux developers and users for their own gain. I believe that their conduct has unfairly damaged the reputations of thousands of Linux developers, hurt the job prospects of thousands of users, programmers, and admins, and interfered with and slowed the adoption of Linux.
- I believe that SCO is attempting to hijack Linux and AIX development for their own gain. They purport to respect Intellectual Property, yet their attempt to steal the IP of thousands of open-source developers suggests that their greed is the motivating factor.
- I believe that SCO's conduct is improper and morally corrupt. This has reflected poorly on other people from Utah and the LDS (Mormon) church, and has hurt the reputation and caused bad-will towards many people. As a Mormon who previously lived in Utah, I take offense at the conduct of SCO and Canopy principals, and want to reaffirm that their actions do not represent the general beliefs or actions of the people of Utah or the LDS church. While they claim to adhere to the standards and beliefs of the LDS Church, I believe that their actions (for example, gambling) show otherwise.
- SCO's claims are unfounded and bogus. They are unable to demonstrate (in court) literal copyright infringement of System V code, and have no solid legal footing for their "derivative works" claims. According to the contracts (and the understandings of everyone involved in drawing up those contracts), IBM (and everyone else) is free to do what they please with their own code. As IBM has not donated System V code to Linux, there is no basis for SCO's claims. All the evidence shows that SCO has no basis for their claims.
- There are significant doubts that SCO has ownership of the UNIX copyrights in question.
- SCO has unjustly inflated their stock price and their own pockets through litigation, rather than good business practices. Their actions have not benefitted anyone except the few in charge. SCO appears to be having a difficult time adapting their outdated business model, and have chosen to sue and threaten litigation rather than compete fairly in the marketplace.
- SCO is wasting the time and attention of the Court. They continue to make claims to the press that directly contradict what is found in their court filings, and they continue to play games with the justice system. If they had real claims, they would be more straightforward toward the other parties, and respectful toward the Courts and the Honorable Judges.
- I enjoy working with the people I have come into contact with on Groklaw and through other forums. They are high-caliber people who want to see justice served and are truly concerned about the allegations SCO has continued to make.
- I maintain hundreds of Linux machines, and believe that Linux and other open-source software hold great promise for the future.
- I believe that SCO's libelous assertions have already cost me at least one great Linux-related job opportunity and have hurt my earning potential.
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