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Dear SCO,

SUCK IT! How does it feel to lose almost 3/4 of your market value in a single day? Normally I make a point not to take pleasure in the misfortune of others, but this has been a looooong time coming.

Love,
-Datan0de

This will be endless fodder for jokes during the hacking panels at Dragon*Con. I can't wait. :-)

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Aug. 15th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Here's the stripped-down-but-still-quite-lengthy summary. Skip to the last paragraph for the bottom line:

Novell owns the rights to the UNIX trademark and original source code. Several years ago SCO was licensed to sell UNIX. The asshattery began when SCO decided that they actually owned the UNIX intellectual property itself (which they clearly don't). Then they also decided that Linux contained proprietary UNIX code (which it doesn't) and started suing people, including IBM (MISTAKE!). IBM is a huge supporter of Linux, and SCO made big, public claims about Linux containing code that SCO owns, yet never managed to produce a single example in court.

Their case was swiss cheese from the beginning, and over the last few years their entire business model seems to have been based upon litigation stemming from this. They cast unwarranted doubt upon the legality of Linux by offering to sell licenses to companies using it and threatening to sue those that didn't pay up for billions in back royalties. Linux use in servers has been significantly hampered by this FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) campaign.

(Side note- both Sun and Microsoft decided to pay. The general consensus is that M$ paid solely to add to the perception that the claim is valid and therefore make corporations hesitant to use Linux. SCO now owes that money to Novell (the rightful owners of UNIX), though it's unlikely that Novell will ever collect.)

It's also funny (for some definition of 'funny') that SCO bought Caldera a few years back. Caldera distributed Caldera OpenLinux, which it could be argued makes SCO a distributor of Linux, which in turn means that even if Linux did contain proprietary SCO code they've released it under the GPL (the open source license that Linux is released under), therefore making distributing Linux legal anyway.

So this lawsuit has been between Novell and SCO over the rightful ownership of UNIX. If SCO had won it would've likely meant the end of Linux, huge royalties from companies like IBM and possibly Apple) going to SCO, and created a business environment that is even more friendly to Windows in the server realm.

Instead, Novell won (which may be a surprise to some in big business but which has been the prediction of the tech community for years). SCO really has no significant source of revenue now (their actual products have been somewhat moribund for some time). Novell has made it abundantly clear that they have no intention of suing anyone over Linux, which is as it should be.

Score one for the good guys.

Just to throw another log on the fire, Ralph Yarro, SCO's chairman, has been fighting to make open wireless networks illegal (http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/07/04/19/2129256.shtml)- to protect children from porn, of course.

Something I find amusing is that SCO's web site still claims that they own UNIX (http://www.sco.com/company/profile.html), and while they now have a front page link to their statement regarding the court decision the actual 'SCO in the news' part of their site (http://www.sco.com/company/news/) hasn't been updated since October of '06.

The bottom line is that SCO inhibited the development and deployment of technology in general, and UNIX & Linux in particular. Both of these are treason against The Machine in my book. Morally they're equivalent to Microsoft in many ways and in some ways worse, only without the market share and capital to get away with it.
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