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VNUnet: IBM Has Novell Support in SCO Countersuit

Aug 12, 2003, 00:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Williams)

[ Thanks to David for this link. ]

"It added in a statement to vnunet.com: 'SCO has improperly claimed the right to revoke IBM's Unix licence, despite the fact that IBM's contract expressly provides that IBM's rights are irrevocable and that Novell, which is a party to the agreement under which IBM obtained an irrevocable and perpetual Unix licence, agrees that SCO cannot terminate IBM's licence and has exercised its right to waive this claim.'

"Ovum principal consultant, Gary Barnett, said Novell's support paved the way for arguments to be presented in court, and that IBM's relatively small number of countercharges was probably just the start.

"'I expect to see an iterative raising of more issues in a very well-defined and pre-planned strategy,' he said.

"'We can expect IBM to significantly raise the pace now. It is sending a clear signal that it is not going to cave in quietly and pay off SCO...'"

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