Yet another SCO e-mail comes to light

Yet another SCO e-mail comes to light

Summary: There are no follow-on suits, there is no second act to this drama, no sequel is in the works, the series is not being renewed.

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SCO and Penguin

I don't care anymore. Do you?

OK, there remains a small press pack following the twists-and-turns of the SCO vs. IBM case. SCO says the latest revelations don't prove anything. IBM is keeping its mouth shut.

But frankly it doesn't matter. At some point the discovery process will end, the judge will issue an order, and we'll all go home.

The Linux kernel is safe. You're not going to be chewed-on by a pack of lawyers if you install GPL code. The air has gone out of the SCOX balloon. There are no follow-on suits, there is no second act to this drama, no sequel is in the works, the series is not being renewed.

When I ask, what happens next, I'm wondering what happens to the Utah technology sector, which has taken such a pounding with Novell leaving and SCO failing to win its case. I'm wondering what happens to sites like Groklaw, which have made their reputations following the case and now need a second act. I'm wondering about the GPL's own lawyers, and what the next version of the license might say, and what that might do to the Linux market.

I'm not wondering what will be the outcome of the suit, will people be able to use Linux safely, and do I need Linux "indemnity" insurance.

Are you?

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  • SCO should settle out-of-court

    for whatever they can get . . .
    Roger Ramjet
    • Not gonna happen..

      IBM can't let them. If they do, there is always the spectre of "what-if." Second, what are they going to settle for? The only thing they could possibly do is just drop the case.
      Patrick Jones
      • Drop the Case?

        That is tantamount to legal suicide at this point... IBM will be certain to press the offensive with countersuits if SCO was ever fool enough to drop the suits they have filed.

        Who am I kidding, anyway? SCO commited suicide when they first decided to go up against IBM on this way back when. It really must be a drag being SCO about now...
        horusfalcon
    • whatever they can get

      Given IBM's stake in making sure that this never happens again, "whatever they can get" would be along the lines of:

      * Public renunciation of all claims against Linux
      * Public renunciation of all claims against IBM
      * Admission that the suit was totally baseless from the git-go
      * A quit-claim on to [b]any[/b] "IP rights" to any form of Linux, Unix, or other OS
      * Liquidation of the Company to cover IBM's legal costs
      * IBM and Red Hat get the SCOX customer lists

      In return, IBM might be willing to forego:

      * Darl, Ralph, and David's heads on pikes

      and maybe, just maybe, IBM might split the proceeds from liquidation with the creditors and stockholders.
      Yagotta B. Kidding
  • One thing looks apparant...

    Microsoft's ROI on this deal sucked.
    BitTwiddler
  • Not another e-mail

    This wasn't an e-mail. It was a declaration produced specifically for filing with the Court to rebut the (laughable) Gupta Declaration.

    I know it's getting [b]real[/b] old -- still, journalistic accuracy and all that.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • Oh, and PS:

      For a more devastating evaluation of SCOX' claims, by someone who is arguably [b]the[/b] expert on software copyright infringement,

      http://www.groklaw.net/pdf/IBM-249.pdf
      Yagotta B. Kidding
  • No Settlement

    The possiblity of settlement is now in the hands of David Boies and his band of trial lawyers. If his band of vultures sees no carion left, they will go hungry. And then they will not be able to payoff the democratic party to keep themselves protected! So, no settlement unless there is absolutely no case at all.
    georgep_z
    • Settlement

      Actually, wouldn't the possibility of settlement rest in IBM's hands? I see it as very unlikely that IBM would even consider settling for any amount, even a token sum. It's in IBM's best interest to see it through and make sure they discourage any other companies that might consider such a frivolous lawsuit.
      Zonker_z
      • I believe the graphic is

        Darl, Ralph, and David's head on pikes outside the Black Gate of Armonk.

        That, and of course leaving no stone standing atop another in Lindon, the ground sown with salt, etc. See the Bible or a history of the Pelopenisian Wars for more detail.
        Yagotta B. Kidding
      • What might prompt a settlement

        A reluctant agreement by the judge to move to trial might cause IBM to seek some settlement, admitting nothing but paying a portion of the Boies' legal fees.

        I doubt it, but you never know...
        DanaBlankenhorn
        • Calling with a busted flush

          [i]A reluctant agreement by the judge to move to trial might cause IBM to seek some settlement, admitting nothing but paying a portion of the Boies' legal fees.[/i]

          Whyever would they do that? By everything seen so far, SCOX would be better in a high-stakes poker game, tapped out, holding a busted flush, [b]and calling a raise.[/b] They've got nothing to go to trial [u]with[/u].

          Gutting SCOX before a jury will be like cleaning big game after it's dead: messy, time consuming, but not in the least dangerous.
          Yagotta B. Kidding
  • The mouse bites the gorilla and got trouble!

    See what the gorilla will do! Comming soon!
    Wagadonga