SCO has seen the writing on the wall for a long time, but finally a US court has managed to drive a stake through its heart and put a bullet in its brain just to make sure it never appeals against anything ever again.
Groklaw reported that Judge Ted Stewart has formally ruled for Novell and against SCO. Not only is Novell’s claim for declaratory judgment is granted but SCO’s claims for specific performance and breach of the implied covenant of good fair and fair dealings has been denied. SCO’s motion for judgement as a matter of law or for a new trial have also been denied.
Groklaw said that the door has finally been slammed shut on the SCO litigation machine and it can no longer chase people using Linux and demand money for licences. The court has ruled that the Unix patents were never sold to SCO and people who claimed they were were either motivated by money to say so, or were not actually involved in the sale.
The move also means that another case of SCO versus IBM which was waiting for the outcome of this one to be sorted out has also been decided. That is unless IBM wants to sue SCO which is a bit pointless.
One of the more amusing sides of the story is that the hacks who waded in on behalf of SCO are now trying to pretend that they never were on-side.
From the point of view of the open sauce community, it is a victory day, and the weirdie beardies are chanting the sacred parrot sketch mantra to sum up the ending of SCO.
“This SCO is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If ‘adn’t kept appealing e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN SCO”