IBM Makes Initial Response to SCO Group Complaint
Mar 07, 2003, 21:34 (43 Talkback[s])
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Having taken a good part of the business day to digest the legal
complaint filed against them by the SCO Group, IBM has issued its
initial statement regarding the matter to Linux Today.
The statement was issued by IBM corporate spkesperson Joe
Stunkard, who began: "We've received a copy of the complaint this
morning and have not had a sufficient opportunity to study it.
However, based on a quick read, the complaint is full of bare
allegations with no supporting facts."
Earlier today, the SCO Group held a press conference with SCO
CEO Darl McBride at the helm, McBride was asked if SCO had made
some attempts to reconcile their concerns before filing this
lawsuit, to which McBride replied that SCO had indeed made some
efforts to work this out with IBM. Stunkard's next statement ran
completely counter to assertion.
"SCO never approached IBM to raise this complaint," Stunkard
said. "Nor did they inform us in advance of filing this
Stunkard added this statement as well: "IBM has been openly
supporting Linux and open standard for several years and neither
SCO or its predecessors have ever expressed these concerns to
Stunkard shared these statements in an interview with Linux
Today late this afternoon. However, when asked specific questions
regarding the complaint, he was "not at liberty to go beyond the
McBride had a similar reaction to specific questions asked of
him regarding the complaint in the earlier press conference today,
saying that much of the specifics in their case would come out
during the course of the litigation.