"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."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.
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.