"It added in a statement to vnunet.com: 'SCO has improperly
claimed the right to revoke IBM's Unix licence, despite the fact
that IBM's contract expressly provides that IBM's rights are
irrevocable and that Novell, which is a party to the agreement
under which IBM obtained an irrevocable and perpetual Unix licence,
agrees that SCO cannot terminate IBM's licence and has exercised
its right to waive this claim.'
"Ovum principal consultant, Gary Barnett, said Novell's support
paved the way for arguments to be presented in court, and that
IBM's relatively small number of countercharges was probably just
"'I expect to see an iterative raising of more issues in a very
well-defined and pre-planned strategy,' he said.
"'We can expect IBM to significantly raise the pace now. It is
sending a clear signal that it is not going to cave in quietly and
pay off SCO...'"
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