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CNET News: IBM Unfazed by SCO Unix Threat

Mar 11, 2003, 14:30 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"IBM dismissed as idle an SCO Group threat to cancel Big Blue's license to ship Unix products starting June 13, saying that its contracts guarantee rights to the operating system.

"'We've reviewed our contracts, and our Unix license is irrevocable and perpetual,' Mike Fay, vice president of communications for IBM's systems group, said in an interview Monday. 'We're completely committed to AIX and will continue to ship it.'

"SCO disagrees strongly with IBM's position. 'That's hogwash,' said Chris Sontag, senior vice president of operating systems at SCO and head of the company's SCOsource effort to make more money from its intellectual property. Sontag pointed to contract language that specifies terms under which IBM's license may be revoked..."

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