Battle of the Xs

Owner of Unix operating system sues IBM, attacks Linux

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In a move that could have huge implications for the open software movement and the increasingly bitter IBM-Microsoft competition, The SCO Group Inc. (Lindon, Utah) has upped the ante in its lawsuit against IBM Corp. (Armonk, N.Y.). IBM stands accused, in a suit SCO originally filed in March, of adding Unix System V source code, which SCO believes it owns, to Linux, an open-source operating system that can be obtained free of charge.

In an amended brief, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, on 16 June, SCO raised the amount of requested damages to US $3 billion from $1 billion. It also asked for a permanent injunction requiring IBM to destroy all copies of Unix, including AIX, IBM’s flavor of Unix installed on many of the company’s products.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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