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SearchEnterpriseLinux: SCO Won't Send Linux Invoices

Oct 16, 2003, 15:30 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Mimoso)

"Several recent polls from Forrester Research Inc. and Credit Suisse Boston, however, indicate that most enterprise chief information officers and IT managers are proceeding with Linux implementations and are ignoring SCO's threats.

"'They clearly looked at the cost of pursuing these invoices and saw that the cost was not worth the gain,' said Forrester principal analyst Ted Schadler. 'It's clear SCO is reaching for IP validation. They do own IP. The question is 'Do they have the ability to exert control over Linux?' The broad consensus is they can't. The court of public opinion has made its decision.'

"Had SCO invoiced Linux users, it potentially could have faced hundreds of companies refusing to pay and pursuing lawsuits against each of them trying to gain those licensing fees would have resulted in monumental legal fees..."

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