"SCO Group has launched a high-profile, and ill-conceived,
effort to sue IBM and threaten its own customers to stop their
adoption of Linux. Should companies using Linux worry? No.
Forrester expects that IBM will build a consortium to pay off
SCO--or buy it outright.
"SCO's headline-grabbing lawsuit against its customer IBM for $1
billion alleges that Big Blue stole SCO intellectual property and
gave it to the Linux open-source community. SCO has gone further to
threaten 1,500 companies that they might be liable for their use of
the Linux operating system. And Microsoft has inked a licensing
deal for SCO's Unix code.
"So what's going on? Forrester spoke recently with executives
from IBM, Microsoft and SCO to get the facts. Forrester believes
that SCO's legitimate goal--to make money from its intellectual
property--has been overshadowed by the company's publicity-laden
plot to raise its visibility and, hence, acquisition value..."