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May 29, 2003, 16:00 (20 Talkback[s])
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"Hired gun David Boies can't understand why no one likes his client. All SCO Group did was file a billion-dollar lawsuit against IBM claiming the computer giant was sharing code secrets with open source developers. Somehow, everyone thinks SCO is in it for the money and out to thwart Linux.

"In Boies' eyes, it's hard to see how anyone could jump to that conclusion. The $1 billion in damages and future royalties SCO is seeking won't put a mere dent in the Linux movement: 'That's a cost that gets lost in the rounding,' says Boies, adding, 'The cost efficiency of Linux won't rise or fall.'

"But there is another cost--the likely increase in billable hours from law firm Boies Schiller & Flexner and others to figure out this mess. The already convoluted tale took a new twist today. Software firm Novell asserted a claim to Unix patents and copyrights. This is a direct rebuff to Provo, Utah-based SCO..."

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