SCO says its claims not dead yet

SCO says its claims not dead yet

Summary: Most of the code snippets are very generic, as though SCO were claiming to own basic coding.

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But they are. (You can tell white folks at a trot, because they all like Spamalot.)

SCO CEO Darl McBride's brother Kevin has finally posted the code he says IBM "stole" for Linux from the Unix SCO claimed to own. (The court decided Novell, not SCO, owned the Unix in question.)

It turns out to be much ado about very little. (Except that the McBrides really, really hate Pamela Jones of Groklaw, which I consider a point in her favor.)

Most of the code snippets are very generic, as though SCO were claiming to own basic coding.

It's sad, in a way. IBM, Novell, and the entire Linux community were dragged through the courts for seven years over this? Really? Really. And for much of that time open source, as a concept, was under a cloud of legal suspicion, a cloud the McBrides would still like imposed on it.

Their case is worse than Bilski's, and even the Robert Supreme Court saw fit to throw out those claims (even if they left the rest of us hanging).

It's like Spamalot with non-traditional casting. Maybe Lawrence Fishburne as King Arthur. (And Fishburne in Spamalot is a much better idea than the McBride jihad.)

Can we finally let this story go?

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  • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

    By giving coverage to this moron you are perpetuating his 15min of fame. Remove this blog. He isn't worth it.
    croberts
  • M$ must have employed the McBride's

    to continue spewing FUD against Linux
    Linux Geek
    • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

      @Linux Geek Seriously, are you that paranoid & delusional? What am I saying, you just answered my question with that post.
      ItsTheBottomLine
      • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

        @ItsTheBottomLine

        No, it's a viable possibility. Consider JAVA.

        It was supposed to be the next big thing.

        Microsoft got involved. And now it's kind of a joke compared to what people were predicting.

        It's not far out to suggest that Redmond would sabotage the competition.
        Jkirk3279
      • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

        @ItsTheBottomLine
        Are you that delusional and Microsoft-loving that you believe that Microsoft are saints and that they don't do evil? Oh you answered my question with you nickname. You are one of those who think that companies should be allowed to do anything if it helps their bottom line. Of course, you would like to call it capitalism, but it isn't. It is called Tyranny in the name of money. Capitalism is entirely different thing, capitalism relates to free market an in free market FLOSS wins, as SCO find out and Microsoft is finding out on server market.

        To bad that desktop market is not free market, but that will be fixed soon enough.
        gnufreex
      • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

        @Jkirk3279 Kind of a Joke? You can't be serious about that! Almost the entire Mobile use some kind of Java. From Android, to RIM. Java applications are more widely distributed on mobiles than they ever were on Desktops and Mobile Phones out number desktops by a huge margin many times over!!!
        i2fun@...
    • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

      @Linux Geek its not without possibility I'll give you, but you seem to never find any fault other than everything being MS, so you sympathetic audience reach seems quite limited by a history of your own bias. But that's your opinion to have, for all its worth.
      Boot_Agnostic
    • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

      @Linux Geek
      It is not necessary to attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetency alone
      Normal_z
      • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

        @Normal_z

        The actual quote is "never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by mere stupidity".

        This, however, goes beyond the realm of the merely stupid.

        It's 'divinely inspired stupid'.

        In that, I agree with the OP, it's a lot like Spamalot.

        If you saw people in real life acting out scenes from Spamalot, would you conclude they were crazy, or that they were being paid to act that way?
        Jkirk3279
    • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

      @ replies to Linux Geek

      Oh look, it's the three stooges. Try staying on topic boys.

      SCO never had a case. They had already supplied this "evidence" in two courts of law and was laughed out of court by a judge and later by a jury. So who are the real paranoid, delusional, NBM, incompetents here ?
      Hemlock Stones
  • Any body seen what they claim are exact C&P???

    SCO claimed that empty lines and #includes of system headers were literal copies of source from SysV.

    Check it out: http://www.mcbride-law.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Tab-331.pdf
    wackoae
  • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

    And to think I just found my old SCO shirt over the weekend :) I should put it up on ebay!
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

    Too bad they destroyed a fine company with fine products and left a customer base to find other solutions.
    ebrown@...
    • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

      @ebrown@... Our small business used Open Server until about 10 years ago. IMO SCO was arrogant, overpriced, and unresponsive. We were more than happy to move to Windows, which, say what you like, was less expensive, easier to operate, and had a much broader base of support resources.
      1DaveN
      • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

        @DaveN_MVP

        As much as I hate Microsoft and Windows, I don't blame you in the least bit. SCO is like the mentally challenged middle step child of Microsoft. No matter how many times they miss the ball and the umpire says "you're out" they just keep swinging...
        hito_kiri
  • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

    "Their case is worse than Bilski?s"

    You don't get it, there is no case, there never was a case, only a bunch of corporate pirates looking to win the lawsuit lottery.
    After three trials with verdicts against SCO every time, it's time for this madness to go away.
    Darl and Kevin need to be sent away for a long time.
    Beechcraft
  • It's just the stink

    Remember that corpses keep stinking long after they are dead.
    rarsa
  • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

    Is it possible to just spike this sucker and put it out of our misery? How does one end what became a legal charade a long time ago, and free up the court system for more productive matters?

    This whole thing reeks like a very bad zombie movie...
    Den2010
  • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

    It's been a while since this issue hit the news, but didn't I read sometime a few years back that SCO's legal funds were traced to M$ friendly companies? Or was that just a bunch of trolls on here blabbing like the 3 stooges above? lol.
    SpankyFrost
  • RE: SCO says its claims not dead yet

    It really seems more like the Black Knight as long as we're in Monty Python territory.

    The SCO Group had long ago crossed the line between "persistent" and "too damn stupid to know when they've been whooped"--at this point, they're at the "too far gone to care either way" stage.
    Third of Five