SCO Roars as Shares Soar

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-05 Print this article Print

Shares in the SCO Group surged nearly 30 percent Thursday as the company stepped up its fight to defend its code.

Shares in the SCO Group surged nearly 30 percent on Thursday as the company continued to defend what it sees as the unauthorized and illegal use by customers, Linux users, vendors and the open source community of its Unix code. SCOs shares leapt $1.92, or 29 percent, to $8.52 on Thursday as more than 1.12-million shares traded on the Nasdaq Exchange. A SCO spokesman could not be reached for comment on Thursday and had not returned eWeeks calls by the time this article was published.
A number of parties this week received a non disclosure agreement, or NDA, that SCO is insisting people sign before they are given access to examples of certain code which SCO feels clearly supports its view that parts of its Unix code have been given away to, and incorporated in, the current 2.4 Linux kernel and subsequent Linux distributions.
SCO has been strongly criticized for sending letters to 1,500 CEOs from the worlds leading companies warning them that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix and that they could be legally liable without citing or providing any evidence of its claims. As first reported by eWeek, SCO senior vice president Chris Sontag said in mid-May that SCO would be willing to show interested parties the code violations as long as they agreed to an NDA. He also said that the amount of code shown would be restricted given the pending litigation with IBM.

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.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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