The Web site debuted quietly last week. It enables companies that use Linux to purchase a license that covers SCO's Unix System V, portions of which SCO claims were illegally incorporated into the source code of Linux.
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SCO rattled the technology world last year, when it, claiming that the computing giant illegally incorporated source code from the Unix operating system, which SCO controls, into Linux software. The case has since ballooned into a , attracting legal attention from Linux leader and the .
SCO began sellinglast year for companies that wish to continue using Linux with SCO's consent. The company to bill Linux users but recently expanded the licensing terms to .
SCO spokesman Blake Stowell said the online ordering site was launched to make compliance easier for companies SCO hasn't contacted individually. "We want to make the licenses more accessible to any business that's interested," he said.
SCO has declined to reveal how many businesses have purchased Linux licenses, but the activity is believed to be minimal, as businesses wait for the IBM case to be resolved and rely onfrom major Linux sellers.
Meanwhile, SCO was still using its alternate Web address Monday as it waited for denial-of-service attacks the instigated to stop. MyDoom attacks on Feb. 1. The virus is programmed to stop the attacks on Feb. 12, but infected PCs with incorrectly set dates were still causing trouble last week.
MyDoom hits had waned by 90 percent as of the weekend, Stowell said, "but that 10 percent is still more than our server could handle."