SCO - The Comeback Kids
Date: Thursday, September 25 @ 03:16:58 PDT
A very special kind of reality
Since petitioning for Chapter 11 protection from creditors, software company turned habitual litigator SCO has, like the Black Knight, defied all attempts to defeat it's ludicrous and insane courtroom contentions.
Although Novell won the copyright battle last year, and SCO went into bankruptcy to avoid paying Novell, SCO continues to game the system and delusionally thinks it will revive the moribund Autozone case, where it wants money from an ex-customer who, SCO alleges, used SCO's code to migrate their own in-house code base to Linux. The case has been on hold pending the still-pending SCO vs. IBM case, which was stayed pending the SCO and Novell show last year, which was all put on hold when SCO declared bankruptcy. Ultimately, Novell was able to establish ownership of the crufty System V Unix copyrights at the heart of SCO's house of cards (well, so they said at the time). Also stayed is an arbitration pending regarding SCO's membership in United Linux that would show that SCO can't sue anybody over Linux code, if the arbitration could go forward (it cannot because SCO is in Chapter 11). But SCO apparently can revive lawsuits on their own, or so they think. Such is their spin on reality.
And despite "having their day in court", which they lost the case over, they fully intend to fight on by appealing, wasting more of the Federal Court's time, and taxpayer money, in their delusional quest to "monetize" Linux. Instead of doing it the way everyone else has been doing it, by offering services and solutions with Linux, they still think all they have to do is sell a license to use Linux and people will pay them.
Let's get this straight. SCO is a burnt out shell of what was once a respectable firm, intent on either pirating the work of thousands of programmers, or being the single biggest pain in the ass to clog up the Federal court system in years. They have no product, no money, no talent, and are dependent on spin and lawyers in a cynical and mal-intentioned effort to hobble the open source movement. Even though there is no chance that they will succeed in any court, they fight on.
It's a sobering thought, actually, because as long as they haven't gone out, they continue to sow the seeds of fear, uncertainty and doubt in the market.