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SuSE Is "Reevaulating Our Relationship" with SCO Group

Mar 07, 2003, 21:16 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

In a strongly worded statement to Linux Today, SuSE Linux CEO Richard Seibt revealed that he was "disappointed" with the SCO Group's decision to file a $1 billion IP complaint against IBM.

The brief statement was given to Linux Today after SuSE was asked for their reaction early this morning.

"We at SuSE were greatly disappointed to learn of the SCO Group's recent actions," Seibt wrote. "While we agree that SCO has every right to enforce their intellectual property rights, and while we strongly believe that this does not impact Linux (as even SCO has made clear), we are concerned that these actions are not in the best interest of customers, partners and the Linux community."

"Accordingly, we are currently reevaluating our relationship with the SCO Group," Seibt continued. "That said, we want to very clearly and unequivocally voice our support of the ideals and goals of UnitedLinux and the Linux community."

The statement was forwarded by Joe Eckert, SuSE's VP of Corporate Communications. Eckert confirmed that the "relationship with the SCO Group" was in fact the UnitedLinux consortium aarrangment.

SuSE, SCO Group, Conectiva, and TurboLinux are all charter members of the UnitedLinux consortium.