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 and BSDi Agreement
by Anonymous on Wed 19th Nov 2003 00:26 UTC

Everyone should check out Groklaw--much better understanding of the law and tighter on her facts.

But this is what she has to say about the mention of BSDi:

"They intend to go forward now on a second front, against end users. First they will target a victim from among the 1,500 who got letters, within the next 90 days. They want a victim who represents the problem, as they see it, to make an example of. But that is only the starting point, not the ending point. It could be an HP end user. They intend to enforce copyrights in System V and in code they say is being violated stemming from the old BSDi settlement. My impression was that the SCOForum was such a bust, they had to come up with some new code somewhere and so the old BSDi stuff is being trotted out. They will show that code to end users down the road."

My take is that they intend to use documents from the settlement and law suit to show what code was determined to belong to AT&T (and thusly them NOW) and what belonged to BSD. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY CHALLENGING THAT AGREEMENT AT ALL. Of course, the settlement is sealed and they weren't a party to it. So how they are going to go about this, what they know, and whether this would benefit them any better than pointing to the code that they purchased in the first place is yet to be seen.