Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2007 21:37 UTC
Novell and Ximian In the wake of last week's ruling that Novell, and not SCO, controls the copyrights covering UNIX, Novell is reassuring Unix users that it has no plans to follow in SCO's footsteps. Given that the company is no longer in the business of selling UNIX, it has no reason to pursue any copyright claims.
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"suspect so, yes. They've not done anything to make me think that they will *not* take the short-sighted view, as most corps seem to do when things get tough"

Haven't really haven't done anything to make me think that they will, and they've been losing marketshare for years. They've owned the Unix copyrights for long enough to make me think that if they haven't done it now, they probably won't.

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sbergman27 Member since:

I suggest that we wait and see. I doubt that Novell knew they owned the copyrights until the SCO thing blew in and they looked into the details.

I'm not saying that they will turn around and assert their rights tomorrow. But their battle with Microsoft has not gone well. When push comes to shove, if the board feels that they have value, you can bet that they will move to "monetize" them. Possibly under a new chairman if the stockholders decide to oust Hovsepian as they did Messman. Stockholders (that's you and me) become ugly, cold, heartless creatures when they put their stockholder's caps on.

And remember. You don't have to have a case to sue. SCO had less of one than Novell. We're at over 4 and a half years now.

So I say watch and wait, and we can revisit the issue when they decide to act.

Edited 2007-08-16 12:58

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glarepate Member since:

Then I take it you have never seen any of the documents exchanged between Novell and Caldera/tSCOg wherein Novell explicitly denied the validity of all claims to any IP not actually written or subsequently purchased by the Gang That Couldn't Sue Straight.

There was never any question about Caldera not owning stuff that they never bought from the Santa Cruz Operation to begin with and Novell slapped them hard with notice of that fact from the very beginning. However, faith frequently overrides reason. That is it's advantage over rational thought: It can accomplish miracles that violate the rules of the mundane world.


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grat Member since:

But their battle with Microsoft has not gone well.

Yeah-- They've only managed to extract $884 *million* dollars from MS in the last 3 years. And Novell agreed to pay back $200 million over the next 5 years, based on revenue from SLES.

Terrible track record there. And they're gaining traction with the same set of PHB's who for years have refused to contemplate Linux-- It's slower than Novell would like, true, but anytime you see an announcement about some company switching over a few thousand desktops, chances are, they're switching to SuSE.

You're spreading FUD* about Novell. Plain and simple. Bill Gates would be proud. ;)

* Yes, I know what FUD is-- It's making negative statements backed up by nothing but a desire to see someone fail.

Edited 2007-08-16 19:23

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