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SCO Legal Action

If your enterprise uses Linux, don't despair. Just because a handful of companies are falling prey to SCO's legal tactics doesn't mean it has a leg to stand on in the courts. Wait for a judgment on SCO's claims before paying the vendor any heed. The U.S. District Court in Utah, for instance, ruled this month that SCO must specify which lines of Linux code it claims to have rights to--put up or shut up.

Meantime, if you're a Linux shop, it makes good business sense to work with vendors that indemnify customers against possible SCO legal action. Indeed, the SCO-Linux plot thickens, but it's difficult to tell whether it's a tragedy or a comedy.