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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-05-28 Print this article Print

Weighing in on the controversy surrounding the SCO Groups campaign to protect its Unix intellectual property and to sue IBM for $1 billion, SuSEs Seibt pointed to a recent research poll in Germany that showed that 88 percent of the respondents had no issue moving forward with Linux and did not believe that SCO could win its lawsuit against IBM. "They simply dont care," he said. Seibt also welcomed the contents of a letter from Jack Messman, the CEO of Novell, Inc. to SCO CEO Darl McBride, in which Messman publicly challenged SCOs assertion that it owns the copyrights and patents to Unix System V. Novell itself once owned the rights to Unix.
"This is a very important development as I think we will see very soon who is right and who is wrong. They are talking about a public contract document between the two parties. I have seen the contract, and it contains specific asset exclusions," he said.
SCOs McBride told the media and analysts in a telephone conference call on Wednesday that many corporations across the world are taking a "timeout and want greater clarity about the legal situation before doing big Linux implementations." But SuSEs Seibt disputed that, saying he is seeing "absolutely no" slowdown in its corporate Linux business and that its customers are moving ahead with their plans. While customers are asking SuSE for assurances that its code is not affected by any intellectual property or code owned by anyone else, the company believes its Linux distributions does not violate anyone elses IP rights, he said. Latest Stories by Peter Galli:

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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