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Will SCO Survive Tuesday?

Will SCO Survive Tuesday?

Tuesday's kind of a big day for SCO. The Utah federal court is gonna hear arguments about whether SCO's slander-of-title suit against Novell should go to trial or be thrown out and, if tried, whether it should be in a state or federal court. If SCO ultimately wins the right simply to press its case, it's absolutely going to floor the legion of naysayers who believe with the faith of a small child that none of SCO's legal claims have any validity. The latest shot aimed at SCO came from the National Retail Federation, which issued a statement the other day saying it believed SCO's claims were "without merit" and that Novell "is the last company that can demonstrate legal ownership of Unix System V. If the SCO slander suit ever gets to trial, who owns what should be clarified. Wonder who put the trade group up to it?

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at) or paperboy(at), and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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Dr. NameSpace 05/09/04 11:25:44 AM EDT

The Utah federal court should be merciful and estopp SCO, at this the root level of their mismanaged and poorly conceived and executed scheme. The court may as a by-product of its ruling, save the SCO?s shareholders the costs, legal fees and embarrassment that they will face in the continuing attempt of SCO?s management to license one additional user and/or to prove and enforce their claims vs. individual Linux users who refuse to license the software.

The fact that such a ruling overhangs SCO at this point in the SCO saga should reveal to SCO's child-like supporters that SCO?s management has been disingenuous, delusional, and incompetent in the execution of their IP exploitation scheme. A negative ruling for SCO in Utah should, but may not, put the spike in SCO. The existence of the Novell case however does fully exposes SCO's management's and legal-staff's poor conceptualization of its tasks, the defects in its legal and business strategy, it gross mismanagement of resources in its misguided approach to enforcement of it alleged IP. The board directors should be called on to change management or resign.

David 05/08/04 12:12:16 PM EDT

Let's hope they don't survive. Survival of the fittest should mean their demise since they are fit for nothing.

John Dean 05/07/04 10:19:58 PM EDT

The larger funny branch is actually the people who believe with all the faith of a complete brainwasher that somehow being allowed to continue to litigate proves any merits whatsoever for SCO Group. After all, that IS their ONLY business.

Litigation is not equivalent to a position of being correct about anything. The ultimate outcome will be determined by a court of law - not a court of shills.

Richard M Nixon 05/07/04 08:59:20 PM EDT

Good riddence SCO.