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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-16 Print this article Print

"The ultimate enforcement agreement is the courts. The amended filing also deals with the issue of damages and our legal view is that IBM has no right to derive any benefit from AIX after June 13, and we are seeking the AIX revenue stream going forward in amended damages. Thats what puts the teeth in it for us and if IBM wants to move their whole AIX revenue stream onto the table here were certainly willing to discus that with them," he said. Sun Microsystems, which is seeking to benefit from the fallout, said last week it is preparing to launch a campaign known as the AIX to Solaris Migration Program. On Monday Sun officials stressed again that its Unix-based Solaris platform is not in any way affected by the SCO/IBM battle.
John Loiacono, vice president of Suns operating platforms group, said the company has re-affirmed with its customers and partners that it has licensing rights to the Unix code on which Solaris is based, for both SPARC and x86 systems.
"In light of SCOs legal dispute with IBM over Unix licensing rights, Sun wants to reaffirm that it has no licensing issues with SCO as it pertains to its Solaris operating environment and that Suns previous licensing agreements give Sun complete Unix IP rights in relation to Suns Solaris operating systems. For Unix, this includes Suns Unix development and Suns Unix development agreements and subsequent licensing transactions," he said. Sun had also not had to make changes to its contracts with customers and continued to provide indemnification to its Solaris customers, including its Solaris SPARC, Solaris x86, and Trusted Solaris customers, he said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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