Linux war of words escalates

Open-source software leaders Eric Raymond and Bruce Perens fired back at the SCO Group, disputing the company's latest swipe at Linux and the open-source development method.

In an open letter posted late Tuesday on Raymond's Web site, the author and developer reacted pointedly to recent claims by SCO CEO Darl McBride, particularly allegations that Raymond concealed the identity of hackers responsible for recent denial-of-service (DoS) attacks against SCO.

Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative advocacy group, said he has never known the identity of those responsible for the DoS attacks and had to issue a public appeal for them to stop.

"Your implication that the attacks are a continuing threat and that the president of the Open Source Initiative is continuing to shield their perpetrator is...both false and slanderous," the letter said. "In fact, leaders of the open-source community have acted responsibly and swiftly to end the DDoS attacks--just as we continue to act swiftly to address IP-contamination issues when they are aired in a clear and responsible manner."

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News source: C|Net News.com

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