Linux Is No Threat to the Economic Recovery

With its Linux lawsuit foundering, SCO is trying to convince lawmakers that open source software hurts the U.S. economy and threatens national security. Opinion, by Network Computing editor in chief Rob Preston.
The year-old SCO-Linux melodrama may have finally "jumped the shark." Faced with the reality that Linux shops won't be intimidated into forking over licensing fees and that the courts probably won't rule in SCO's favor, CEO Darl McBride is appealing to lawmakers. In a letter to Congress, McBride claims open-source software hurts the U.S. economy, makes it difficult for U.S. software makers to compete abroad, discourages technological innovation and threatens national security. We also hear SCO is bringing in Ted McGinley as general counsel.

Let's break down McBride's four main arguments.

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