The Word is Out: SCO Got the Smackdown
The epic battle between the Open Source world — represented by Novell — and evil proprietary patent trolls — played by SCO — has finally played out, at least partly, as Judge Dale Kimball of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah has released his decision in SCO v. Novell — and it's not a happy message for our beloved friends at SCO.
The ruling, which comes nearly three months after the four-day bench trial concluded, was a mix of victories and defeats for each party, though Novell clearly came out ahead. The big victory was the court's determination that SCO lacked authority to enter into its agreement with Sun Microsystems, and as a result, owes Novell just over $2.5 million (plus interest). SCO won a relatively significant point on the burden of proof over its SCOsource licenses: Novell based its arguments at trial around the assumption that SCO would bear the burden of proving the SCOsource licenses weren't SVRX licenses, but the court ruled the opposite, that it was Novell that had to prove they were SVRX licenses. Since Novell hadn't anticipated that, SCO automatically won on that point.
There's quite a bit that could be appealed — by either side — in this one, though it's certainly slanted towards Novell. As it stands, Novell may or may not bother to appeal the issues open to review, however, if SCO decides to appeal in an attempt to get another shot at the jackpot, Novell would almost inevitably retaliate by appealing all the various bits and bobs that could multiply that $2.5 million into $20 million. Our good friends over at Groklaw have a detailed breakdown of it all — and no doubt will have even more in the days to come.
Now, barring any appeals, the whole matter rests with the Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, which so far seems oblivious to SCO's modus operandi. Hopefully, once they see the ruing from Judge Kimball — who knows SCO in and out by this point — they'll wake up and take a closer look at all the money they've let SCO throw out the window.
Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.
Fast/Flexible Linux OS Recovery
On Demand Now
In this live one-hour webinar, learn how to enhance your existing backup strategies for complete disaster recovery preparedness using Storix System Backup Administrator (SBAdmin), a highly flexible full-system recovery solution for UNIX and Linux systems.
Join Linux Journal's Shawn Powers and David Huffman, President/CEO, Storix, Inc.
Free to Linux Journal readers.Register Now!
- Download "Linux Management with Red Hat Satellite: Measuring Business Impact and ROI"
- ServersCheck's Thermal Imaging Camera Sensor
- The Italian Army Switches to LibreOffice
- Petros Koutoupis' RapidDisk
- Linux Mint 18
- Oracle vs. Google: Round 2
- The FBI and the Mozilla Foundation Lock Horns over Known Security Hole
- Ben Rady's Serverless Single Page Apps (The Pragmatic Programmers)
- Privacy and the New Math
Until recently, IBM’s Power Platform was looked upon as being the system that hosted IBM’s flavor of UNIX and proprietary operating system called IBM i. These servers often are found in medium-size businesses running ERP, CRM and financials for on-premise customers. By enabling the Power platform to run the Linux OS, IBM now has positioned Power to be the platform of choice for those already running Linux that are facing scalability issues, especially customers looking at analytics, big data or cloud computing.
￼Running Linux on IBM’s Power hardware offers some obvious benefits, including improved processing speed and memory bandwidth, inherent security, and simpler deployment and management. But if you look beyond the impressive architecture, you’ll also find an open ecosystem that has given rise to a strong, innovative community, as well as an inventory of system and network management applications that really help leverage the benefits offered by running Linux on Power.Get the Guide