SCO No Longer Matters

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-11-29 Print this article Print

Opinion: Like a broken-back snake, SCO still gets attention, but its court cases are dead for all practical purposes.

You may have noticed that I dont cover news about the , Linux, Novell, et al. much anymore. Theres a reason for that: SCO doesnt matter anymore. Oh, its not like theres no news coming out of the courtrooms anymore. There is. For example, there was a recent story about SCO accusing IBM of destroying evidence by "[directing] dozens of its Linux developers within its LTC [Linux Technology Center] and at least 10 of its Linux developers outside ... to delete the AIX and/or Dynix source code from their computers."
Earlier in November, Groklaw published Ransom Loves declaration in the case. Love, founder and former CEO of Caldera, the company that became the modern SCO, said, in brief, that SCO has nothing to its Linux IP (intellectual property) claims.
Groklaw editor Pamela Jones wrote, "Not only does he testify that all of the allegedly infringing material was in Caldera Linux, that Caldera knew it was in there, that it wanted it in there in some cases, and that the company knowingly distributed the files in its Linux products and from its websites, including the LiS Streams module, he explains very clearly to the court that even after Caldera acquired Santa Cruzs UNIX assets, Caldera remained, while he was CEO, always first and foremost a Linux company dedicated to the promotion and development of Linux." Read the full column on SCO No Longer Matters
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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