March 8, 2004

Free Use Of Linux Is Dealt A Setback

Computer Associates International Inc. confirmed that it signed licenses from SCO Group Inc. to use Linux software, in a development that sent a
ripple of worry through the coalition of companies and programmers attempting to uphold their legal right to use Linux for free.


The Islandia, N.Y., company, one of the biggest makers of corporate software, said that although it signed the licenses, it didn't pay for them -- and
never would. It said it agreed to sign the licenses only to settle a lawsuit with the Canopy Group, one of SCO's major investors. SCO has been
pressing Linux users to buy the licenses for $699 for each server using the software, or face legal action.



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