Novell doesn't want to be like SCO

    Novell promised that it would not be likened to SCO and to judge anyone and everyone for copyright infringement on the Unix operating system, which, as the court decided last week , belong to it. Novell representatives say that there are no Unix code fragments in the Linux kernel, so there is no reason for litigation at all.

    “We are not interested in suing because of Unix,” said Bruce Lowry, chief PR officer at the company. “We don’t do Unix anymore.” The court decision means that all Linux users can now breathe a sigh of relief, Lowry said.

    As you know, on Friday a decision was made on the Novell lawsuit against SCO. The court ruled that Novell, not SCO, has all rights to Unix and UnixWare. Thus, all the numerous lawsuits filed by SCO against large corporations, making them pay royalties for using Linux, become meaningless. Novell is not going to repeat the “exploits” of SCO and will not engage in this activity. Bruce Lowry promised that Novell will not change his mind in the future.

    Novell and SCO litigation is not yet completed. There are several unfinished fragments left, one of which concerns the payments received by SCO from Microsoft and Sun for Unix licenses. Since the licenses, as it turned out, belong to Novell, the court may oblige SCO to give this money to the true copyright holder. However, even this fact will not force Novell to file new lawsuits, assures Lowry.

    When all fragments of the case are closed - only then will SCO be entitled to appeal. However, SCO has not yet decided whether this makes sense. Most likely, there will be no appeal.

    Independent analysts are also convinced that the appeal does not make sense. “It's over,” says Pamela Jones, author and editor of Groklaw. - SCO could not find any violations even when she was shown the full source code. No one else will find anything either. ” In her opinion, the successor to SCO may not be Novell at all, but Microsoft. Judging by the statements of Steve Ballmer , this is a very real prospect. He recently claimed that Linux infringes more than 235 patents owned by Microsoft.

    However, all these threats may prove unfounded. Even so, Microsoft’s actions are understandable. “They make billions of dollars a year on Windows ... Any minute, second, or day that they can slow down a competitor’s spread is already profitable for them,” says Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. He also hints that the $ 16.6 million deal between Microsoft and SCO about a Unix license that Microsoft never used for commercial purposes was only to finance SCO's litigation with IBM, and to spawn FUD ( fear, uncertainty and doubt) regarding Linux. Of course, Microsoft refutes these allegations.

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