SCO Can't Slow Linux

SCO Group followed through on its threat to sue end users of Linux, but its various lawsuits have had little effect on the Linux software juggernaut.

Roughly a year ago, SCO Group unveiled its legal strategy for protecting its alleged copyrighted code within Linux, suing IBM for billions of dollars and threatening hundreds of corporate end users with similar action. The idea was to get these companies to ante up licensing fees to SCO, or perhaps to win huge settlements or court cases in its favor. That left IT shops in a quandary: To buy or not to buy Linux?

One year later, the Linux tide continues to rise through the software industry, and it's threatening to completely swamp SCO Group. On the plus side for SCO: its lawsuit with IBM is still alive, though the court case won't even begin for another year. It has gained a handful of licensees, including Microsoft and most recently a small Web host called Everyones Internet, which was worried about anxious hosting clients. Plus, it recently unveiled two new lawsuits against end users AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler.

But while there has been a lot of media attention for SCO's every move, IT shops and major software vendors continue to push Linux like never before. HP, Sun, Novell, and the Open Source Development Lab have set up funds to pay customers' possible court costs. PeopleSoft recently announced Linux support in its next version of the EnterpriseOne suite, and no major software company has dropped Linux support.

Meanwhile, IDC reported numbers that would hearten any Linux fan: Shipments of servers running Linux were up 52.5 percent in the fourth quarter, with revenues up 63.1 percent. Novell announced profitability for the same quarter after buying SuSE, while SCO Group itself announced a growing loss in the quarter of $2.3 million--with only $20,000 coming from Linux-related licenses.

Just how prevalent are Linux servers? The U.S. District Court in Nevada, where SCO is suing AutoZone, uses Linux for its Web site--as do the White House, FBI, and Department of Defense. Good luck.

SCO Files Lawsuit Against Linux User AutoZone
SCO is seeking injunctive relief to stop AutoZone's use or copying of Linux and will seek an unspecified amount of damages.

Merit Of SCO's Lawsuits Against AutoZone, DaimlerChrysler Questioned
SCO details about its charges against AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler, while critics—including Linus Torvalds and attorneys—question the validity of the suits.

Why Houston Web-Hosting Company Bought SCO License
Everyones Internet decided to buy the SCO license, for an undisclosed amount, so its clients wouldn't have to worry about the growing legal battle over Linux

SCO Could Sue Nevada Court For Using Linux
U.S. District Court where SCO Group has filed a lawsuit against AutoZone could theoretically be a target because it uses Linux to run its Web site.

Court Orders More Info From SCO, IBM
A federal magistrate ordered SCO Group and IBM to provide more information in a $5 billion lawsuit.

PeopleSoft Expands Linux Support
PeopleSoft said the next version of its EnterpriseOne suite would support Linux from Red Hat.

Servers, Linux Stay On Upswing
Revenue from Linux servers increased 63.1 percent year-over-year, while unit shipments jumped 52.5 percent.

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