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.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:
"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.