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TechNewsWorld: SCO vs. IBM: The Other Reality

Sep 03, 2003, 22:00 (72 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)

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"The other day I was asked what the odds were that SCO would win against IBM. On the basis of how the two parties were behaving, I offered a range of between 55 and 65 percent. I've spent a lot of my life watching litigation, and I believe that you can better tell the outcome by trying to determine what the parties believe and how believable they are than if you just try to dig through their rhetoric.

"The pleadings generally amount to incredibly detailed 'they did this, they did that' kinds of arguments, and it becomes difficult to call a winner until you actually see what shows up in court and how the judge and jury react. SCO and its legal team continue to bet the farm that they will win, and IBM appears to be trying to limit its risk. Also, IBM doesn't have complete control of its own side, especially with a massive amount of well-wishers who might actually be making it more difficult for IBM to win. For example, who do you think really benefits from a denial-of-service attack on SCO...?"

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