Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Mar 2010 22:32 UTC, submitted by aaronb
Legal It's time for bed over here, but before I turn in with a nice cup of tea and a Gilmore Girls episode, we've got some good news for you: SCO has been dealt yet another major blow in its baseless lawsuit against Novell. A jury has ruled that Novell owns the UNIX copyrights - not SCO.
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by kaiwai on Wed 31st Mar 2010 02:55 UTC
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This does raise an issue for all those organisations who have paid SCO for IP in the past; Microsoft and Sun are two organisations that I know of who have paid SCO for IP that they believed SCO owns. Could we see Microsoft and Sun (now Oracle) sue SCO for deliberately misleading as so far as selling something that was never owned by them in the first place.

I remember SCO right back when it was Santa Cruz Operations before Caldera bought it; they made great products with the only downside is the lack of reshaping their business model for the new reality - back then they were still charging for things that Microsoft included as standard with the operating system; honestly, who charges for an operating system then turn around and charge for the TCP/IP stack separately? and the backup software separately? It is depressing that a vendor that could have survived independently was managed so badly to the point it needed to be bought out.

Edit: You can look back to just before Windows 2000 was released and the CEO of Santa Cruz Operations was scoffing at the idea of Windows 2000 having 35million lines of code.

Edited 2010-03-31 02:56 UTC

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