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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-10-17 Print this article Print

On the litigation front, SCO has sued IBM for more than $3 billion, warned SGI that it is in violation of its Unix agreement, and claims that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix. Asked by eWEEK if SCO is backing away from its threat to send invoices to corporations using Linux and to sue them, McBride said SCO wants to give customers a chance to work with the company around its licensing plan and the immunity that it will give customers using Linux going forward.
"Our plan was to work with them rather than drag them into court. Were getting very good feedback; were signing up additional deals, and its bearing fruit," McBride said. "Our goal was never to just go out there and sue them all, but rather to work together to resolve this, and were having good traction with our licensing discussions. "Were not running a 100-yard sprint here; we are in a marathon, and were in this for the long haul," he said. SCO has met with a number of "major" industry leaders and is not ruling out the possibility of some sort of industry settlement around the legal issues. The case is not just about IBM; it affects other players, so the industry as a whole might want to resolve them, and SCO is open to that, he said. SCO is also in discussions with SGI. "We are pleased with SGIs behavior in the 60-day warning notice period we gave them," McBride said. "We are also pleased with the discussions there. We dont have any resolution today, but we continue with those discussions." McBride said there are no other "troubling" Unix vendor issues on the horizon. However, SCO has 6,000 Unix licensees who could be using Linux in an infringement of its rights, and this is the area the company is now focusing on, he said.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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