IBM vs. SCO: Now Its IBMs Turn

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-02-23 Print this article Print

Updated: IBM unleashes a series of discovery motions at former and current SCO allies: BayStar, HP, Microsoft and Sun. (Linux-Watch)

For years, its all been about what The SCO Group could discover about IBM, Linux and Unix. The shoes on the other foot now, as the U.S. District Court in Utah has revealed that IBM has launched discovery motions against Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and BayStar Capital. In general, IBM is looking for detailed information about each companys recent dealings with SCO. This includes their financial relationships, and any access or use of Unix source code by their programmers.
During March, each of the companies must appear in the District Court to give depositions on their SCO business relationships. All four have had close partnerships with SCO in the last few years.
In the summer of 2003, Microsoft started buying what would amount to approximately $16.6 million worth of SCOs Unix licenses. Although a Microsoft spokesperson claimed at the time, "There is absolutely no correlation between the IBM suit and our IP license with SCO," many people saw this as proof that Microsoft was bankrolling SCOs lawsuit in an attempt to stall Linuxs growth. That October, BayStar Capital put together a $50 million investment in SCO. Rumors quickly spread that Microsoft had been behind this investment. Both companies denied this story. However, a leaked memo showed that there was a connection between the companies, and in March 2004 BayStar finally confessed that Microsoft had midwifed its SCO investment. Read the full story on IBM vs. SCO: Now Its IBMs Turn
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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