Third party cookies may be stored when visiting this site. Please see the cookie information.

Home Family Days Out Raspberry Pi & Electronics Blog

Stewart's Blog

Stewart Watkiss website to the world ...

(Children, computing, first aid and other ramblings ...)

SCO vs. IBM – SCO vs. Linux – SCO has lost!

The big trial over ownership of Linux has all but been resolved and it’s clear that SCO has lost.

SCO challenged IBM in the courts claiming that code used in Linux was owned by them. They then demanded royalties over anyone that used Linux. As Linux is developed by the community and available for free, then this would have significant repercussions for the free operating system. As many suspected SCOs case was never going to win as it just had too many unanswered questions, and had also given the code away through the GPL, through Caldera Linux (later named SCO Linux).

The defeat for SCO is however even bigger than expected. The judge ruled that SCO did not even own the copyright for Unix (which was the basis for their copyright claim). The copyright is still owned by Novell, and only limited rights were transferred to SCO.

As a result the royalties they were able to extract from some companies, which they have already most likely already spent on their legal fees, is now owed to Novell. Since then SCO has now filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Although not before they gave a pay rise and bonus to Mr Tibbetts, the day before.

SCO have failed because instead of concentrating on improving their own product, they instead chose to pursue legal action against the competition, despite the fact that they had been helped by the code provided by the community.

Read more:

Please leave comments using the facebook comments below.


UK days out, children and holiday information is also available on the Days Out Diary web site
Linux, LPI and the Quiz / Test Program posts are also available on the Penguin Tutor website
First Aid Information, first aid games and first aid practice test / quiz entries are also available on the First Aid Quiz Web site