After a lengthy period of inactivity, there has finally been a bit of
movement in Red Hat's lawsuit against SCO. The news is mixed.
SCO's motion to dismiss the case was denied; Judge Robinson reached the
reasonable conclusion that Red Hat did, indeed, have reason to fear a
lawsuit from the SCO Group. So the case will go forward; SCO will not be
able to shake it quite so quickly.
This case will not go forward anytime soon, however. Instead, it has been
put on hold until the IBM case is worked out. Both sides have to file
every 90 days giving their view of the state of the IBM case. If that case
looks like it is not going anywhere, the court may restart the Red Hat
For now, however, the Red Hat suit is suspended. Given the speed at which
things have moved in this case to date, it may be hard to tell the
difference. This ruling does, however, free SCO from the need to fight on
this front for now; SCO can concentrate its resources on the IBM, Novell,
DaimlerChrysler, and AutoZone suits. Plus any others that SCO might, in
its wisdom, decide to file. That should be enough to keep the lawyers busy
for a while. (See Groklaw
for more information).
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