Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 6th Dec 2003 19:42 UTC, submitted by Tom Curtis
SCO, Caldera, Unixware IBM won a tactical victory Friday in a legal battle with SCO Group when a judge ordered SCO to show within 30 days the Linux software to which it believes it has rights and to point out where it believes IBM is infringing.
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Point of Interest
by digitaleon on Sun 7th Dec 2003 07:14 UTC

All along, I've been puzzled as to why SCO has handled their legal affairs in such an unprofessional manner.

The explanations of stock pumping or competitive misdirection have been offered previously, and have some credibility.

However, it may turn out that SCO is serious and genuinely believes that it has lost revenue from IBM's actions.

In that case, SCO could be concerned that there is a conspiracy behind the release of the code, that IBM got it out into the open-source world through third-party developers not associated with IBM. Together with IBM's own 'legitimate' efforts, this would mean that free software solutions would be enterprise-ready for IBM to on-sell with their own equipment, support and consulting services.

It may turn out, in fact, that SCO's strategy has been to bluster and threaten while watching from the sidelines to see if the infringing code allegedly present in current products suddenly disappeared and was replaced. CVS check-in logs and/or change announcements would be the evidence to confirm or refute this suspicion, except that they would not answer the question of whether or not IBM was involved.

I'm sure I'll draw howls of "It's impossible!" for this, but I remember that those exact same words were used to describe supersonic travel and the Apollo 11 mission. It certainly is possible, and deserves some consideration.