SCOs Discovery-Go-Round Keeps Spinning

SCO's attempts to discover evidence in its case against IBM and its possible placement of Unix code in Linux have not come to an end.

Well, you have to give The SCO Group credit for persistence, if nothing else. In recent weeks, SCO has expanded its search to find evidence that it might be able to use in its case against IBM.

After what has seemed like an endless series of discovery motions, SCOs latest demand, dated Feb. 1, is that IBM once more be required to deliver information to SCO that will allow the Unix company to "assess the issues and damages at the heart of this case."

Specifically, SCO wants documents showing IBMs AIX, Dynix and Linux revenues and profits; IBMs internal numbers on its market share for each of these operating systems; and how many IBM customers have migrated from Unix to Linux.

If you seem to recall that SCO already has faced a final deadline for discovery, youre correct. But while SCO had to identify by Dec. 22, 2005, any Unix materials that it believed IBM had misused in Linux, SCO was free to continue other discovery motions until Jan. 27.

In the IBM discovery motion, SCO is claiming that its simply asking that the U.S. District Court of Utah force IBM to produce documents that it had already asked for.

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