Linked by Andrew Youll on Sat 8th Oct 2005 09:20 UTC, submitted by Yves R. Crevecoeur
IBM IBM has dropped its three remaining claims of patent infringement in a lawsuit against the SCO Group, which originally sued Big Blue in March 2003 over claims it broke a Unix licensing contract by moving technology to Linux.
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expediting the process
by butters on Sat 8th Oct 2005 09:31 UTC
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2005-07-08

The rationale is to expedite these proceedings. IBM determined that the prospects of winning or settling this counterclaim are greatly overshadowed by the time/money spent in arguing them. They want to get this over with already. SCO will have almost no assets when this is said and done with, so IBM has nothing to gain.

SCO requested the right to do 25 more depositions and get more time in discovery because of IBM's counterclaims, so IBM just called their bluff and dropped the counterclaims. No more stalling for SCO. IBM is still reserving the rights to sue over SCO breach of the GPL and other possible avenues for litigation.

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RE: expediting the process
by Who is That on Sat 8th Oct 2005 14:20 in reply to "expediting the process"
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2005-07-02

well
lets hope sco is left out in the cold and that they are ripe for the pickings. then IBM can buy them and release all the unix code as free software.

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RE[2]: expediting the process
by on Sat 8th Oct 2005 14:24 in reply to "RE: expediting the process"
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doesn't novell own that

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RE[2]: expediting the process
by on Sat 8th Oct 2005 15:07 in reply to "RE: expediting the process"
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"...then IBM can buy them and release all the unix code as free software..."

IBM has never in history purchased a company as a result of a law suite. I beLIEve this is what many investors were 'going' for, but it will never happen. IBM traditionally dragges companies through the mud.

Otherwise, any company with a few million in the bank would sue IBM in hope of being bought out.

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RE[2]: expediting the process
by on Sat 8th Oct 2005 17:47 in reply to "RE: expediting the process"
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sun already released UNIX as open source..... Solaris.


Sun owns the equivilent of unix ownership

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