Sunday, March 9, 2003

Corporate schizophrenia

Okay, we've all heard that SCO is suing IBM over IBM's promoting the use of Linux. One question I haven't heard anyone ask yet is: "Is SCO going to sue itself for selling SCO Linux?" Or how about: "Is SCO going to sue itself for participating in United Linux?"

A close look at SCO's announcement doesn't help. Rather it further confuses the issue by including the following:

  • "SCO is in the enviable position of owning the UNIX operating system," said Darl McBride, president and CEO, SCO.
  • SCO, SCOsource, UnixWare and the associated SCO logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Caldera International, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.
  • UNIX, used under an exclusive license, is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries.
  • Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Further questions:

  • Until recently, didn't Caldera sell Linux? (Is this the reason they stopped?)
  • What about Sun/Oracle/SCO/Microsoft's exerimentation with Linux? Are they next?
  • SCO is laying claim to all Unix. Are they going to want licensing fees from Linux users too?
  • Or is all this just like the recent patent problems?

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