Fighting the good fight

The Open Source Development Labs has created a ‘Linux legal defence fund’ to defray the legal expenses of Linux users involved in litigation with The SCO Group.

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a consortium of technology outfits involved with the development and commercialisation of the Linux operating system, has created a ‘Linux legal defence fund’ to defray the legal expenses of Linux users involved in litigation with The SCO Group.

OSDL aims to raise $10 million for this fund and is accepting donations from individuals, organisations and companies.

‘This fund sends a clear message that OSDL, in co-operation with others throughout the Linux industry, will stand firm against legal threats levied by The SCO Group’, said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL.

OSDL created the Linux Legal Defence Fund after consulting with its members, participants in its Linux User Advisory Council, and key members of the Linux development community. The fund will be wholly supported by independent contributions.

To date the Lab has received more than $3 million in pledges from companies, including IBM, Intel, MontaVista Software, and others.

More information and details about the OSDL Linux legal defence fund and how to contribute can be found on the OSDL Web site <a href=’http://www.osdl.org/about_osdl/legal/lldf/lldf_description.html’>here</a>.