SCO Archive

SCO Readies new Linux Licensing Program

The SCO Group is preparing a new Linux licensing program that it claims will allow users of the open-source operating system to run Linux without fear of litigation. The program will be announced "within the next month or so," according to SCO spokesman Blake Stowell, but on Monday the company will announce what he calls a "precursor" to this program in a press conference with SCO Chief Executive Officer Darl McBride and SCO's high-profile attorney David Boies, of the firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

A Visit to SCO; ESR Vs SCO

This essay describes a visit to SCO, to discuss SCO's claim that Linux infringes on its intellectual property rights. Elsewhere, Eric Raymond says he has evidence that could undermine some of SCO's legal arguments. Raymond claims to have collected the names of 60 Unix users who are willing to sign affidavits that disprove SCO's contention that its Unix System V source code, which forms the basis of IBM's AIX Unix, contains trade secrets.

SCO Owns Your Computer

Here is a must-read article in the SCO-Linux-IBM situation. SCO says that Linux uses inappropriate code on IBM's JFS, NUMA, RCU and SMP. Additionally, they are looking into firing against FreeBSD (related info here) while they might even hold Microsoft responsible for some things: "Microsoft merely licensed an applications interface layer." So it is SCO against everyone. Huh, wait. Except Sun: "Sun is clean" SCO's CTO says. SCO also explains the GPL "deal". Update: How appropriate: Looking to capitalize on IBM legal dispute, Sun is readying a new AIX-to-Solaris migration program. Update2: SCO suit now seeks $3 billion from IBM.

SCO CEO: Why we’re Suing IBM; SCO Revokes IBM’s AIX License

A few years ago, Caldera Systems was bobbing along as one of the last software companies to claim a piece of the Linux land rush, scoring a successful IPO that raised $70 million. McBride spoke with CNET about the origins of the IBM dispute, the side effects and what comes next.
UPDATE: It's official: SCO announces immediate termination of IBM's right to use and distribute AIX and files for permanent injunction. UPDATE 2: IBM says SCO has no right to revoke AIX license.

The SCO Threat: A professional Linux User’s Perspective

On March 7th 2003, the SCO Group filed a lawsuit against IBM for misappropriation of tradesecrets and contractual agreements. The scope of SCOs complaint is that IBM introduced parts of Unix System V and Project Monterey into the Linux kernel. Project Monterey was a effort to port IBM's AIX 5L onto the Intel Itanium platform, IBM withdrew from that project for reasons unknown according to the press, I believe that it was because the Itanium is a bomb.

SCO’s Chris Sontag on Linux, Unix and Brewing Legal Fights

In an interview with Computerworld reporter Patrick Thibodeau, SCO's Chris Sontag, a senior vice president and general manager of SCOsource Division, the group within SCO in charge of enforcing the company's intellectual property, discussed the company's position. It is discussed the Linux kernel issue, Novell's reasons and why Microsoft licensed the Unix IP. Update: More SCO news.

What if SCO wins? Why Microsoft Licensed the Unix IP?

John Carroll editorializes about the SCO situation and advocates that the worst it could happen to the Linux OSS market is to have a temporary slow down, and not a collapse. Elsewhere, Sys-Con reports that people started all these conspiracy theories when Microsoft licensed the Unix IP from SCO, but in reality the magazine says, it was something that was on schedule to happen as Microsoft needed the license possibly for a new product of theirs.

What If SCO Is Right?

"Almost no one knows what's really going on. Very few people know what's in both Linux and Unix source code, and most of them aren't talking, and the ones who are talking aren't providing specifics. Some Linux advocates say that SCO is somehow being unfair in not disclosing its evidence now, but if SCO is indeed the wronged party then they have no obligation to do any favors to the people who wronged them. So what happens if SCO is right?" Read the article at Internet Week.

SCO Suspends Distribution of Linux Pending IP Clarification

SCO is now turning (again) the tables regarding their Linux policy: SCO suspends sales of its Linux distro, alerts customers that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of UNIX and that legal liability may extend to commercial users. SCO reaffirms commitment to SCOx, SCO's growth strategy through Web services. Additionally, eCommerceTimes feature an editorial: 'SCO: Put Up or Shut Up'. Update: Read on for two more updates on the subject.