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SCO's DaimlerChrysler Suit Proves a Bust

SCO's DaimlerChrysler Suit Proves a Bust

So SCO, seeking Fortune 500s it could use as examples to others, sued DaimlerChrysler, a Unix licensee, in March because the car company ignored a letter SCO had sent it and a thousand other companies asking it to swear, among other things, that it was abiding by its processor-limited Unix license and not running Linux binaries anywhere.

Prodded by the suit, DaimlerChrysler finally certified to SCO in April - though it maintained it didn't have to - that it hasn't used Unix in seven years. Then it asked the Michigan court hearing the case to throw out the SCO suit because there was "no genuine issue of fact."

At a hearing on Wednesday the court, sensibly enough, granted most of Daimler's motion to dismiss, but gave SCO the right to do discovery to find out why Daimler dragged its feet in certifying.

The decision thrilled SCO's many enemies, who chortled over SCO being "trounced" and "flopping."

SCO said it was unlikely to waste its time on the invited discovery when it had bigger fish to fry.

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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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wmark 07/24/04 03:26:26 PM EDT

It's not clear form the story where the victory is for either side. Does that mean D.Chrysler has not run the SCO OS for seven years? IF so they had to pay exit fees, and SCO should have know that they no longer used thier OS. So what then is D.Chrysler using, paper and pencils? If they use M$, then SCO has satisfied its shadowy partner which gave impetus to the suit anyway.

David 07/23/04 04:04:50 PM EDT

It was not a pleasure meeting you.