Your editor tuned into the SCO conference call today, just to see what the
official line would be. The answer is somewhat unsurprising: more of the
same. The key points from the call were:
- SCO claims to own the Unix copyrights and believes that Novell is
"trying to curry favor with the Linux community" by pressing its
claims. SCO believes it will prevail on this point.
- That notwithstanding, SCO went to considerable lengths to reiterate
its point that the IBM suit is not based on copyrights or patents - it
is a breach of contract suit. They repeated this often enough that
one might be forgiven for wondering how confident they really
are in their copyright claims.
- "Three independent groups" found Unix code which had been copied
into the Linux kernel, they say.
- SCO will start showing code ("hundreds of lines") next week to people
who have signed non-disclosure agreements. I am, frankly, unsure of
whether I should try to get in on this; an NDA could get in the way of
future kernel and book work.
- One question touched on Caldera's (previous) mission to bring Unix
and Linux together and SCO/Caldera's possible responsibility for
disclosures. No real answer of use.
In other words, not much that was new. We will have to wait to see how
this all unfolds.
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