Open source advocates will gather at the Australian Unix and Open Systems User Group (AUUG) annual conference in Sydney next month. Topics at this year’s event will include open source in government, IP and licensing, security, authentication, middleware and coding. The three-day conference is preceded by a three days of tutorials designed to develop user skills in kernel debugging, databases, data security, wireless, systems performance, Web services and a range of other technologies on platforms including Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X. The tutorials take place at the Duxton Hotel, Milsons Point, Sydney, from August 31 to September 2. The conference takes place at the same venue on September 3-5. Registration for the conference costs $750 for AUUG members and $920 for non-members. Further details are available at www.auug.org.au/events/2003/auug2003
SCO gets first Unix licensee
An unnamed Fortune 500 company is apparently the first to sign up for a Unix intellectual property software license that The SCO Group said companies need in order to run Linux software without legal worries. The license costs US$699 per processor. SCO said the terms of the deal and the identity of the Fortune 500 company were being withheld for confidentiality reasons. One license was bought for each of the servers being used by the company, but the exact number of licenses was not announced. Earlier this month, IBM countersued SCO, charging that the company had infringed on four patents held by IBM and that it didn’t have grounds to sue companies over their use of Linux. Meanwhile, Linux vendor Red Hat filed a separate lawsuit against SCO alleging unfair competition, trade libel and other charges.