IBM, Open-Source Community Decry SCO Suit
IBM says $1 billion lawsuit filed against it by the SCO Group on Thursday is "full of bare allegations with no supporting facts."IBM on Friday responded to the $1 billion lawsuit filed against it by the SCO Group on Thursday, saying the suit is "full of bare allegations with no supporting facts." IBM corporate spokesman Bill Hughes told eWEEK on Friday that company officials received a copy of the complaint "this morning and have not had a sufficient opportunity to study it. However, based on a quick read, the complaint is full of bare allegations with no supporting facts." He also maintained that SCO never approached IBM to raise the complaint or to give advance notice of the lawsuit. "IBM has been openly supporting Linux and open standards for several years, and neither SCO nor any of its predecessors ever expressed these concerns to us," Hughes said.
His comments fly in the face of those made by SCO CEO and president Darl McBride, who told eWEEK on Thursday that SCO had been talking to IBM in this regard since early December and had reached an impasse. As such, legal action was the only way forward, he said on Thursday. McBride then reiterated this in a Friday media conference.