Chris Sontag, the senior vice president and general manager for SCOs intellectual property division, said on Monday that the licensing deal ensured Microsofts intellectual property compliance across all Microsoft solutions and would better enable Microsoft to ensure compatibility with Unix and Unix services. "There are many companies in the IT industry who acknowledge and respect the intellectual property of software. With this announcement, Microsoft is clearly showing the importance of maintaining compatibility with Unix and Microsofts software solutions through their software licensing. This important step will better help their customers implement Unix and Windows solutions," he said.The Lindon, Utah, company also suspended its participation in the UnitedLinux consortium and stopped distributing its Linux product. (SCO last year was a founding member of the four-company consortium, which shares a common Linux base.) SCO also sent letters to CEOs at 1,500 Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies, warning them of the Unix intellectual property issues and violations associated with Linux.
The deal also follows SCOs warning last week that the open-source Linux operating system was an unauthorized derivative of Unix and that legal liability for the use of Linux could extend to commercial users