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internetnews.com: SCO Sues IBM Over Unix Trade Secrets

Mar 07, 2003, 17:06 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Berniker)

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"Addressing the serious allegations in a conference call, CO President and CEO Darl McBride said IBM has 'made concentrated efforts to improperly destroy the economic value of Unix, particularly Unix on Intel, to benefit IBM's new Linux services business.'

"McBride said IBM has misappropriated trade secrets and seeks unspecified damages that could potentially exceed $1 billion. But McBride also weathered piercing questions from analysts and the media.

"For example, one journalist said he'd heard that IBM had recreated the Unix code for its own version of Unix, AIX, and questioned whether such a derivative constituted a breach of contract. But McBride refused to answer that directly, stating SCO does have a legitimate case and that the details would come to light later.

"McBride also repeatedly noted that the case is against IBM only, and not an 'attack on the Linux community, or the open source community...'"

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