Responding to a question about the SCO Groups lawsuit against IBM and its claims that the Linux operating system is an unauthorized derivative of Unix, to which SCO owns the rights, Greenblatt said that while CA does not comment on pending lawsuits, he feels it is "just ambient noise." "You have to wonder how serious someone is about the intellectual property he is trying to enforce when he files a lawsuit and then stands up and says hell go away if you buy his company for $3 billion," Greenblatt said in a reference to SCOs CEO Darl McBride."There have been very few lawsuits in the United States that have upheld patents because the nature of software," he said, adding that "in 1994 BSD was sued by AT&T and that matter was never resolved because if you look at code like that, its very easy to trace." CA itself is putting its money where its mouth is and is running 25 percent of its business on Linux, on Apache and Tomcat, from its Web sites to its Support Connect customer service operation, which was written on Linux. While Torvalds has pushed the final release of the upcoming 2.6 kernel out to December, users will immediately see the benefits of SMP (symmetric multiprocessing), the benefits of the Logical Volume Manager 2, Virtual Server, as well as some Linux high availability as these will be backported into existing products. "The 2.4 kernel was a disaster from a reliability standpoint. Torvalds is going to aggressively test the 2.6 kernel at the Open Source Development Lab, with HP, IBM and Intel providing a range of new hardware for the lab to do that," Greenblatt said. Torvalds on Monday released a test version of the 2.6 kernel, which is designed to push programmers to concentrate on bug finding and fixing and not on new features.
CA has not found that any of its customers are "overly concerned. We have not found anybody backing off because of SCOs actions," he said.