Open letters war
Perens and Raymond has written an open letter to SCO.
SCO taxes IBM and others with failing to provide warranties or indemnify users against third-party IP claims, conveniently neglecting to mention that the warranties and indemnities offered by SCO and others such as Microsoft are carefully worded so that the vendor’s liability is limited to the software purchase price. They thus offer no actual shield against liability claims or damages. They are, in a word, shams designed to lull users into a false sense of security—a form of sham which we believe you press on us solely as posturing, rather than out of any genuine concern for users. We in the open-source community, and our corporate allies, refuse to play that dishonest game.