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1971: AT&T Bell Laboratories releases the Unix operating system, selling or giving it to academic institutions and companies, many of which develop their own “flavors” or versions. 1989: “Free software” activist Richard Stallman writes the first version of the GNU General Public License, which governs “open source” software licensing and its use and modification. 1991: Finnish student Linus Torvalds sparks the Linux revolution by writing code for an operating system and asking for help to complete it from computer programmers worldwide. 1999: Red Hat, Inc., goes public, selling customized versions of Linux on CD-ROMs, along with technical support for installing and maintaining the software. 2000: International Business Machines Corporation announces that it will sell Linux-based consulting services and support to companies. 2003: March � The SCO Group, Inc., sues IBM for allegedly stealing SCO’s proprietary Unix code and weaving it into the Linux operating system. August � Red Hat sues SCO, asking for a declaratory judgment that Red Hat didn’t violate SCO’s IP rights. September � IBM countersues SCO, seeking unspecified damages. SCO moves to dismiss Red Hat suit. 2005: Tentative trial date for SCO v. IBM is set for April.

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