A Mouse Is Roaring at IBM

Tiny software maker SCO is making lots of noise over Linux and has hired top legal gun David Boies

In a conference room adjoining the office of IBM (IBM ) CEO Samuel J. Palmisano, there's only one framed photograph: A picture of Palmisano arm in arm with Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds.Torvalds is the founding father of a computer operating system called Linux, which is the central pillar of IBM's strategy. With Linux, Palmisano avoids dependence on the Windows operating system, the heart of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT ) empire.

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