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Eulogy For Groklaw 70

akgraner writes "When I got up this morning, the news was all over Facebook and the free software news sites: Groklaw, the site that was influential in the SCO legal cases, will stop publication on May 16. It's news that I hear with decidedly mixed feelings."
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Eulogy For Groklaw

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  • Re:Wow (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 11, 2011 @11:58AM (#35782396)

    No, Beavis, it wasn't. The prior article was about Groklaw closing. This article is about one person's opinion on groklaw closing. It might be silly, but it isn't a dupe.

  • Re:grok what? (Score:4, Informative)

    by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Monday April 11, 2011 @12:07PM (#35782516) Homepage

    Look, it isn't called grok sco, it's called grok law. Why not re-purpose toward legal issues in general or at least some broad subcategory?

    Well, if you read her mission statement [groklaw.net], she clearly said it was for SCO related stuff.

    While we all appreciate the work that PJ has done ... she's free to follow other pursuits. She's invested 7 years in it; maybe she feels it's time to move on.

  • Re:grok what? (Score:5, Informative)

    by fwarren ( 579763 ) on Monday April 11, 2011 @12:15PM (#35782614) Homepage

    PJ pretty much says it all. In 2001 the battle was SCO fronted by Microsoft trying to destroy Linux. SCO was attacking IBM, but was also trying to take out Linux with FUD such as the $699 per cpu Linux license. The battle was on the desktop and in the server room. Groklaw was there, and combat the FUD and the community was able to defend Linux from SCO.

    Now the battle is in the cloud and mobile space. Microsoft, no matter what conduit they work through is an attack on Google. Google is a large company with plenty of brains and money. They can take care of themselves.

    There is truth to this, Groklaw relied on our collective memory of computer history from the 1970s to the end of the 1990's. If enough of us looked over the details SCO presented, we would notice where they got the facts wrong. This "community" will not be nearly as useful in the battle over the smartphone and the cloud.

    All I can say is I enjoyed the site, it was quite a ride. Thanks PJ for keeping us geeks in the loop.

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