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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 lawsuit."

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 us."

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 initial statements."

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.