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May 1, 2010 by

Red Hat, Novell win verdict in Linux patent infringement case

More great news for Linux distributors Red Hat and Novell, which prevailed in a patent infringement case brought by IP Innovation.IP Innovation, a unit of Acacia Research and holder of multiple patent portfolios, alleged that the two Linux companies infringed three patents that protect computer GUIs that span multiple work sites and that allow users to access icons remotely, the court documents show.

March 22, 2009

Pandering to the Masses

Assuming that the new Socialist-Democratic Party in the US manages to get the US Supreme Court to either ignore or rule favorably on the “progressive” 90% tax levy just passed in the House and a possible similar one in the Senate for 70% taxes on bonuses over $250,000 for anybody working in a stimulus money recipient company, then making the computer OEMs distribute CDROMs of live Linux distros ought to be a piece of cake.

August 15, 2007

SCOing down

SCO has just lost an important part of its legal battle against IBM, Novell and open source. It lost the plot years ago

January 11, 2007 by

Novell: SCO insolvency 'imminent, inevitable'

Novell has claimed that The SCO Group, the licensing and consulting firm conducting various legal campaigns over the Linux operating system, is about to go bankrupt. In a court filing reported this week by legal Web site Groklaw, Novell claimed that SCO should pay it almost all of the Unix licensing revenue it has received from Sun Microsystems and Microsoft.

December 20, 2006 by

Red Hat: What me worry?

When Red Hat holds court with financial analysts later today to discuss the company's fiscal third quarter results the conversation is likely to go like this:Analyst: What is the impact on Oracle's Unbreakable Linux on your business? How can you compete?

February 22, 2006 by

IBM issues subpoenas for tech giants' SCO dealings

The long-running legal battle over claims that IBM's version of Linux violates SCO Group's intellectual property took another twist on Tuesday when IBM sent subpoenas to four other tech players. Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and BayStar Capital must hand over details of their involvement with SCO, according to the subpoenas, which were filed in US District Court in Utah, where the case between IBM and SCO is being heard.

November 3, 2004 by

Macquarie bruised in legal dust-up with sales defector

Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications (MCT) has failed in the NSW District Court to block a former employee from dealing with five potential clients for its data hosting business.MCT attempted to restrain a former sales executive, Julian Carter -- currently running a Linux consultancy -- from selling Web-hosting and disaster recovery services to five unnamed companies until July 2005 and sought AU$12,000 in commercial damages.

October 4, 2004 by

Openera loses court battle over Linux trademark

Linux Australia Pty Ltd has failed to gain control over a trademark and a domain name that was once linked with the company, after taking legal action in a South Australian court last week. Linux Australia Pty Ltd -- currently trading as Openera -- applied to Adelaide's district court for a legal injunction to force two estranged former business partners to hand control of the items back to the company.

June 3, 2004 by

SCO adamant discovery process backs Linux claims

Files produced by IBM back up SCO's claims Big Blue "improperly contributed code to Linux," the Unix seller said in a memorandum to a US court last week.In a strongly worded discovery submission to the US District Court in Utah, SCO said the files provided by Big Blue to date, though "only partial responses to SCO's requests for information and materials," revealed the Dynix/ptx enterprise-class operating system "contains material and significant Unix system V code".


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