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Earlier this year, SCO Group filed suit against IBM, claiming Big Blue had used proprietary Unix code obtained from SCO in creating its version of Linux, and threatening to revoke IBM's Unix license on June 13th if the company had not complied with licensing terms and paid $1 billion to SCO by that time. Since then, the situation has snowballed and is turning into "a high-tech game of Risk, with different combinations of players moving to form political alliances," Yankee Group senior analyst Laura DiDio told the E-Commerce Times. Will SCO's suit slow the Linux juggernaut, or is it a non-starter?
From your article: "A few years ago, when SCO was called Caldera, it purchased the ownership and rights to Unix from AT&T, including the pertinent licenses."
No, it certainly did no such thing!
It was the *original* SCO company that bought them, and it bought them from *Novell*, who had bought them from USL (which, OK, can be said to be about the same thing as AT&T); and Caldera-now-SCO then bought (most of) that original-SCO company (the bit they didn't buy is now called Tarantella, for the eponymous product it sells). The chain has five or six steps, not three as you claim...
i.e, the Unix ownership did NOT go: AT&T --> Caldera --> name change
But: AT&T --> USL --> Novell --> Old SCO --> Caldera buys SCO --> name change
Now, you might be getting confused because Caldera belongs to the Canopy sphere, the investment firm of the Novell founder Ray Noorda -- in effect, Unix was in Noorda's hands once already (at Novell), and has now returned there again (when Caldera bought SCO)... But still: This isn't really all *that* hard to keep track of -- heck, *I* can do it, and I'm not a fancy full-time *paid* "journalist"!
How am I supposed to trust the bits of your writing I *don't* know about from before, when you get the ones I *do* know about so obviously wrong?
Christian R. Conrad
It only kills any future business for SCO. What arrogance, they gain nothing but hostility. Linux will grow much stronger in the process. No one will remember SCO in 5 years.
- Alan Gruskoff