As Rivlin points out, this is how RedHat, the leading Linux distributor
, got its start.
The fact that SCO continued to distribute its version of Linux after it had discovered the alleged code infringement has also cast a shadow over the company's legal position, and would appear to make it difficult for SCO to launch a claim for misappropriation against a Linux distributor
unless it is able to prove that they were specifically responsible for copying Unix code into Linux.
The hardware giant will offer support through a leading Linux distributor
, Red Hat Software, Inc.
"Novell is a leading Linux distributor
worldwide and CS2C is one of the strongest Linux vendors in China," said Rhonda O'Donnell, president, Novell Asia Pacific.
Red Hat Inc recently talked up the potential for Linux-based thin clients at the launch of its Red Hat Desktop strategy.
The Raleigh, North Carolina-based Linux distributor
is also lining up a slew of product launches including its new Red Hat Linux Desktop operating system and new versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Red Hat Network.
plans to announce an investment in Red Hat Software, while Intel has already invested an undisclosed amount in the Linux distributor
. And at LinuxWorld, Computer Associates Inc.
This large and growing global partner ecosystem far exceeds that of any other Linux distributor
. Key evidence of that growth includes the following:
The group already has some big name members from Asia including Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Miracle Linux, Mitsubishi, NEC, Toshiba, 10 Art-ni, and Linux distributor
IP Telecom in Japan, as well as Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software Company and Beijing Software Testing Center in China.
The Nuremberg, Germany-based Linux distributor
already has desktop versions aimed at the home office and Linux community markets, but the new offering is specifically targeted at the requirements of enterprises, with a structured maintenance and support program and the capability for administrators to lock down desktop configurations.
European Linux distributor
SuSE Linux is now shipping its latest operating system, SuSE Linux 7.0, with Computer Associates Unicenter TNG Framework.
There was also movement in Linux distributor
Red Hat Inc's case against SCO yesterday, as Red Hat filed a motion for the Delaware Court to reconsider its recent decision to delay the case until SCO versus IBM is completed.