On Sunday, responded to a comment about SCO, and it got me thinking. I finally dug down to the real thing about SCO that pisses me off. This may be obvious to a lot of people, but it had been lurking in the back of mind for a while until I finally shone a light on it.
SCO has made several claims as to how much of “their” code got into Linux — I’ve seen claims from 80 to “several hundred” lines. Well, the Linux kernel had 3 million lines of code at last count.
Let’s be generous and say there are truly 1,000 lines of code in the Linux kernel that do indeed belong to SCO. That’s…one-third of one percent of the OS. 0.33% My math was wrong: it’s even less. One-thirtieth of one-percent, not one-third.
So, do they want a small payment for the small amount of code they claim to own? No, they want $1,299 — basically the cost of a complete operating system.
Since when does 0.33% 0.033% of something entitle you to payment for the whole thing? You can buy Windows Server 2003 for $799, so $1,299 is more than the entire cost of an OS. What makes SCO think they get this for 0.33% 0.033% of the work that it took to build Linux?
The ilk behind SCO are freeloaders, trying to profit off the backs of someone else’s work, pure and simple. I rooted about SCO’s Web site for a few minutes to try and find a link for this story, and I actually came away feeling…dirty.
A mugger uses a gun to take what isn’t his. SCO is using the U.S. court system for the exact same purpose.