Whats the endgame
?"> Whats the endgame? Theres no question that most modern operating systems trace back in some way to Unix. Unix concepts and internals have been taught in university computer science departments for many years now, and industry and government standards such as those for POSIX compliance have imposed a sort of Unixness on products far removed from the ancestral Unix source that SCO has come to own. Does this mean, then, that SCO owns a piece of every modern operating system? The last time the owner of Unix attempted to assert this sort of controlin a case between Unix System Laboratories and the backers and originators of the BSD (Berkeley Software Design) operating systemthe matter ended in a sealed settlement that severed BSD from AT&T and opened the way to free distribution of BSD.Now SCOs moving to press the issue again. If its successfulwhich I heavily doubtthe repercussions will stretch far beyond Big Blue and its penguinista pals. Whos SCO coming after next? Talk to me at email@example.com.
Matters may have been more clear if that case had been allowed to run its course, but its encouraging to note that the judge in that case refused to grant USL a preliminary injunction, citing the improbability that USLs copyright and trade secret claims would prove successful at trial.