SCO was a major player in Linux back the day. In fact, Microsoft licensed SCO's
software and sold it as Xenix until Redmond got single-OS religion.
In more recent years, SCO has claimed ownership of Unix (created by AT&T)
and used that to sue Linux vendors (Linux was derived from Unix, which is one
of the reasons I often doubt the originality and creativity of the open source
The suits against powerhouses like IBM didn't work out, and now sue-happy SCO
is filing for Chapter 11 so it can pay its creditors (maybe lawyers?) pennies
on the dollar.
SCO may get a taste of its own medicine as Novell -- which bought Unix System
5 from AT&T but later sold rights to SCO -- can possibly claim ownership
of some parts of Unix/Linux, and go after what's left of SCO for royalties.
Even more strange, SCO was bought by Caldera, which was founded by Novell founder
Ray Noorda (now deceased).
Here's a possibly accurate
view of SCO.
Got all that? If so, and if you have an opinion, write me at [email protected].
Posted by Doug Barney on September 17, 2007 at 11:52 AM
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