The SCO Group is standing firm by its commitment to sue an enterprise Linux user, even though it has missed its own self-imposed three-month timeframe for doing so.
Speculation that the Lindon, Utah software firm is set to file suit against a Linux user as early as this week is growing, particularly in the light of comments made by SCO CEO Darl McBride on November 18, 2003, when he told eWeek.com in an interview that his company plans to file at least one lawsuit against a large Linux user within 90 days as part of its effort to expand the scope of its legal battle with the open-source operating system.
The 90-day time period is now up.
However, SCO is not denying that such a lawsuit is imminent. SCO director Blake Stowell on Wednesday declined to comment on the exact timing of its potential lawsuit against an enterprise Linux user, but left no doubt that SCO intends to take such legal action, telling eWeek that SCOs only comment on any end-user lawsuits at this point in time is "stay tuned.
"We are not stating yet when that may take place or with whom it may take place, but you may see something from us in the near future on this," he said.
There has been much speculation about who the likely target would be. In November, reports surfaced that SCO had picked its target: Google, the worlds largest search engine company.
Stowell at that time denied that Google had been singled out, telling eWeek that "we have not yet decided what company we will sue for Unix intellectual property rights. At this time, we dont even have a date for when we will decide except that it will be by the end of our already started 90-day clock."
But he did admit that Mountain View, Calif.-based Google was one of the companies notified by SCO that its use of Linux violated SCOs intellectual property rights, even though the search engine company isnt publicly traded.
SCO has been threatening Linux users since last May, when it sent 1,500 of the worlds largest enterprises warnings letters about their Linux use.
That was followed by other letters warning them of potential legal action and encouraging them to take out a SCO intellectual property license that would indemnify them for their alleged illegal Linux usage.
In August, McBride again warned Linux users that the company had compiled a list of all the large companies with numerous servers running Linux and warned that it would not hesitate to drag them into court if they refused to pay for UnixWare licenses.
McBride told eWeek at that time that there were some 2.5 million servers running Linux and that SCO had "identified by name those companies running many of them. We are in the process of contacting them about coming into compliance and taking a UnixWare license from us. If they refuse to do so, we will sue them directly and see them in court," he said then.