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NewsFactor: Can SCO Withstand the IBM, Red Hat Counter-Attack?

Aug 11, 2003, 21:00 (14 Talkback[s])
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"Now that IBM and Red Hat have returned the SCO Group's fire in the Unix developer's battle to collect royalties from Linux distributors and users, some Linux experts are wondering if SCO has bitten off more than it can chew. Specifically, they question whether the Utah company has the resources to fight a legal war on several fronts.

"'Since [SCO] is not a very profitable company, it's potentially going to be more and more burdensome on them,' George Weiss, a vice president and research director of the server group at Gartner, told NewsFactor.

"IBM, which was hit by a US$3 billion patent-infringement suit by SCO this spring, countersued SCO on Thursday. IBM is alleging that SCO's suit--which claims Unix code owned by SCO was wrongly included in Linux code in IBM products--is bogus. IBM reportedly alleges that SCO is trying to profit by laying claim to open-source code available to all under the General Public License.

"As well as defending that suit, SCO must deal with Red Hat's complaint on Monday, which seeks to stop SCO from claiming Red Hat stepped on its intellectual property rights by distributing Linux products containing Unix code..."

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