Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 18th Nov 2003 20:33 UTC, submitted by Alex Alvarez
SCO, Caldera, Unixware "Since they cannot show infringement of SCO Unix code, SCO now plans to challenge the 9-year-old settlement between AT&T and BSD. If it can successfully do that, then its claims that Linux contains tainted code can be substantiated. If it can't, SCO is dead meat." Says NewsForge. *Updated*
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SCO...what a hoot
by Will on Tue 18th Nov 2003 21:36 UTC

SCO doesn't need deep pockets for BSD, they're after precedent, not $$$ in this case.

What I'm curious about is how they can actually do this.

AT&T was one party in that lawsuit, and I question whether when SCO bought "unix", that they essentially bought all of the baggage and what not that makes them the same "party" of the suit that AT&T was.

The other interesting bits is that they have to go after the BSD and SYS V of the day, not todays versions as they're different animals, because that's when the fork happened.

The biggest problem with the AT&T lawsuit, though, was that it was simply "settled", there was (as I recall) no actual judgment.

Only BSD (or, perhaps Berkley) and AT&T (now perhaps SCO) are privy to the details of the settlement.

The concern is whether the BSDs has been behaving a certain way based on initimate private knowledge of the settlement, or by what THEY BELIEVE to be in the settlement. And the devil is always in the details, as the settlement is simply not public.

So who knows. No doubt SCO is just pouring more fuel on its own pyre, but it's all the smoke that's getting in everyones eyes right now.