Smoke, Mirrors and SCO

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-04-12 Print this article Print

Opinion: The longer SCO's case against IBM and Linux drags out, the more it appears that there's nothing there at all.

OK, so we all knew that the chances of SCO winning its case against IBM concerning Unix code being placed in Linux were somewhere between zero and none. SCO has never been able to publicly show any evidence for it, and some of its recent attempts to find evidence through eleventh-hour subpoenas of Oracle, Intel and The Open Group (an open-standards group that holds the Unix trademark) have come to nothing.
Still, I always thought that SCO would have something to show the court with its claims that IBM, or its subsidiary Sequent, violated its Unix licensing contracts in 217 separate areas.
I didnt think any of these claims would amount to anything. After all, SCOs earlier attempts to prove that there was Unix code in Linux were quickly shown to be examples of code that had long been available under the BSD license. And, if there was any Unix code in Linux, SCO, under its former name Caldera, may have placed it there itself. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Smoke, Mirrors, SCO Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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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