The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), home of the Linux kernel and Linus Torvalds, is creating a $10m Linux legal defence fund with donations from individuals, organisations and companies.
OSDL explained that the fund will cover the legal expenses of Linux users involved in litigation with The SCO Group on issues that affect the Linux community and industry. The money will also cover Torvalds's legal fees.
So far it has received more than $3m in pledges from companies, including IBM, Intel, MontaVista Software and others.
OSDL chief executive Stuart Cohen said in a statement: "As the emerging centre-of-gravity for Linux, OSDL is responding to a call for leadership on this issue.
"This fund sends a clear message that OSDL, in co-operation with others throughout the Linux industry, will stand firm against legal threats levied by The SCO Group."
Details on how to contribute can be found on the OSDL website here
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