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CNET News: Commentary: IBM Will Nullify SCO's Linux Threat

May 29, 2003, 11:30 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ted Schadler, Christopher Mines)

"SCO Group has launched a high-profile, and ill-conceived, effort to sue IBM and threaten its own customers to stop their adoption of Linux. Should companies using Linux worry? No. Forrester expects that IBM will build a consortium to pay off SCO--or buy it outright.

"SCO's headline-grabbing lawsuit against its customer IBM for $1 billion alleges that Big Blue stole SCO intellectual property and gave it to the Linux open-source community. SCO has gone further to threaten 1,500 companies that they might be liable for their use of the Linux operating system. And Microsoft has inked a licensing deal for SCO's Unix code.

"So what's going on? Forrester spoke recently with executives from IBM, Microsoft and SCO to get the facts. Forrester believes that SCO's legitimate goal--to make money from its intellectual property--has been overshadowed by the company's publicity-laden plot to raise its visibility and, hence, acquisition value..."

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