Yesterday a US District Court jury decided that Novell, and not SCO, owned Unix’s copyrights.
Without the copyrights, SCO can’t sue anyone for using Linux and the outfit will be consigned to a footnote in history.
It all makes sense, if SCO won it would annoy Linux users with its bogus Linux copyright violation claims.
The irony of all this is that Novell has ended up being the savour of Linux by not giving up and doing a deal with SCO.
Novell is regarded somewhat harshly by the Linux community for doing a deal with Microsoft on Linux patents.
There are still some parts of the story to be finished.
A trustee for SCO’s bankruptcy filed in Delaware has revealed that SCO will continue its lawsuit against IBM, in which the computer giant is accused of using Unix code to make the Linux operating system a viable competitor.
While SCO cannot claim that Biggish Blue broke its copyright claims it has other claims based on contracts.
We guess this is something to do with SCO’s contract with IBM concerning Project Monterrey, a still-born effort to create a Unix that would run on both Intel and Power processors. However we doubt that will amount to much.