Wednesday, December 10, 2003



iTNews: "IBM gets early court victory in SCO/Linux case

By Paul Thurrott, Windows & .NET magazine
Wednesday, December 10, 2003


COMMENTARY: SCO revealed this week that a judge ruled in favor of IBM last week in SCO's trade secret violation lawsuit against the computing giant, a stunning legal victory for IBM.
SCO sued IBM earlier this year for US$1 billion, alleging that the Linux operating system IBM now supports contains software code stolen from UNIX, the rights to which SCO largely owns. SCO also revoked IBM's UNIX license.
However, late last week, IBM found itself on the receiving end of a favourable court decision, resulting in an interesting reversal of fortunes. SCO had been pressuring the courts to force IBM to reveal its UNIX and Linux source code so SCO could prove that IBM was using stolen code. But the judge ruled that SCO would have to present its own UNIX source code first and identify which software code had been stolen."

Good! Now, if the judicial system can stand up (for once) to the probable avalanche of appeals once the finalverdict is handed down, maybe we can all get back to business as usual.

Companies like SCO have, unfortunately, lots of brethren in the greed category. Not that SCO is the first, or the worst, but this kind of thing has to stop somewhere. These idiots want the whole pie, it's that simple. And that's just plain wrong. There's enough pie out there for everyone. I guess after a certain point, the company grows so big that it gets into the habit of being richer and bigger every year and can't stop growing. The trouble with that is that the world of 2003 won't support the Unlimited Growth model of business. There are too many companies and a finite amount of customers. You can do so much business before you run out of things to sell and people to sell them to. I don't give two hoots about the financial 'geniuses' that claim otherwise. This is the real world and facts are facts.

By the way, Geniuses, given the state of the world economy at the moment, consider yourself lucky that your companies are still in business.

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