Court that will hear SCO v AutoZone lawsuit itself runs Linux

Executives at Autozone must be feeling unlucky at being the recipient of a lawsuit from SCO when there are so many other corporate Linux users that SCO could have chosen from.

However, the defence may take heart that the court in which SCO filed suit runs its own web site on Linux. Plaintiffs filing lawsuits enter copies of their legal documents in Adobe PDF format in the court's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system, which will provide electronic updates of case information for the litigants and their lawyers. Our initial analysis indicated that this system ran on Linux, but court personnel have since indicated that CM/ECF system runs on Solaris, suggesting the initial reading was detecting content management equipment rather than the web server.

SCO's numerous press pronouncements have thus far not mentioned whether its lawyers sent the Nevada court a cease-and-desist letter prior to filing the documents, or indeed whether it plans to file suit against the court itself.

AutoZone Runs Much of Operations on Solaris

AutoZone, the Linux user targeted by The SCO Group, runs much of its web infrastructure on Solaris, with just one of its 10 web-visible servers using Linux.

Of AutoZone's web-visible servers, the only machine running Linux is firefly.autozone.com, apparently the front end of an intranet connecting its retail stores that includes more than 3,000 Linux machines, according to a 1999 agreement with Red Hat in which the Linux vendor was to provide consulting and support services.

Autozone's public web site runs on Solaris, as do its training and store development extranets. AutoZone's All Data and All Data DIY sites are also hosted on Solaris. The company also runs an internal site on Windows 2000.

Autozone OS History

AutoZone's dealings with IBM were discussed in a legal filings in SCO's lawsuit against IBM, which were published on Groklaw. The post includes comments from a user identifying himself as an AutoZone technical employee, who said he was involved in its Linux installation and rebutted SCO's claims.

AutoZone is a Memphis-based auto parts chain with more than $4.5 billion in annual sales. It sells auto and light truck parts and accessories through 3,000 retail stores in the U.S> and Mexico, as well as automotive diagnostic and repair software through its network of web sites.

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EV1Servers Pays License Fee to SCO

EV1Servers CEO Robert Marsh says he realizes his company might be "vilified" for signing a licensing agreement with The SCO Group, becoming the first publicly identified company to have paid SCO to settle its disputed legal claims involving Linux. But Marsh said the company acted to protect its customers, some of whom were expressing concern about the SCO case.

By paying a licensing fee to insulate itself against SCO's legal claims, EV1Servers drew immediate fire from many corners of the Linux community, with some Slashdot readers suggesting a boycott of the company. EV1Servers is one of the largest dedicated hosting companies, with more than 11,000 Linux servers visible on the Web, according to our most recent survey

"We realize we may be vilified by some diehards within the industry, but we feel a real obligation to take care of our customers," Marsh said in an interview this afternoon. "We had private discussions about this issue with some of our customers, and they were quite concerned about the uncertainty and the potential for a legal quagmire. What we've done is ensure that it's not an issue for our customers."

SCO's press release stated that EV1Servers "joins other Fortune 1000 companies that have signed up for a SCO IP license," but not identified themselves publicly. Marsh said he never considered a similar stealth agreement. "In terms of being public about it, that's the way we do business," said Marsh. "We feel an obligation to be upfront with our customers and deal with them in an honest and straightforward manner."

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Fraud Hosting Services widely promoted

Elecrtonic mail campaigns are circulating advertising "fraud hosting" and directing readers to about a dozen domains, many of them hosted in Russia. The sites mentioned in this article are currently offline, with the exception of carderportal.org which has recently resurfaced at Server Beach.

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Linux Hosts Post Strongest February Growth

Linux-based hosting operations posted the strongest hostname growth in February, capturing the top three spots and seven of the top 10 in our monthly Hosting Switching Summary. Leaders Go Daddy (up 117K) and 1&1 Internet AG host the majority of their sites on Linux.

Domain registrar eNom, which recently accelerated up its push into shared hosting, was the fastest-growing Windows-based host. Yahoo was February's strongest performer among FreeBSD hosts, with a gain of 13.8K.

1&1 Internet continued to gain traction in the U.S. hosting market, which accounted for 34K of its gain of 52K hostnames for the month. The German hosting company's American unit launched its paid services on Jan. 21.

Top Hosting Providers By Growth, Jan 04 to Feb 04
Hosting Company Jan 04 Feb 04 Growth %
Growth
Primary
Region
GoDaddy Inc 1,801,159 1,918,201 117,043 6.5% America
1&1 Internet AG 3,679,246 3,731,294 52,048 1.4% Europe
eNom 594,294 645,548 51,254 8.6% America
The Planet 152,361 191,510 39,149 25.7% America
Rackspace 449,346 480,534 31,188 6.9% America
EV1Servers 681,281 711,690 30,409 4.5% America
Deutsche Telekom 330,436 354,780 24,344 7.4% Europe
MCI 694,420 708,444 14,024 2.0% America
Yahoo 555,440 569,269 13,829 2.5% America
iPowerWeb 174,671 188,083 13,412 7.7% America

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