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(IDG News Service) — Novell Inc. is taking The SCO Group Inc. to task over SCO's legal claims over Unix and against Linux software. Novell on Wednesday said it never transferred the copyrights and patents of Unix System V when it sold the software to SCO in 1995. SCO claims all Unix flavors in use today are based on Unix System V, and that it owns the software code and licensing rights to that software. Novell, however, said SCO is apparently aware that it lacks these copyrights and patents because over the past few months SCO has "repeatedly asked Novell to transfer the copyrights to SCO, requests Novell has rejected," Novell's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President Jack Messman wrote to SCO's President and CEO Darl McBride. Novell included the entire text of that letter, along with additional comments, in a press release issued Wednesday. SCO launched an init... (more)

SCO to enforce its intellectual property in Linux

(IDG News Service) — Linux and Unix users and vendors beware: The SCO Group has hired high-voltage attorney David Boies, former antitrust Microsoft Corp. slayer, to look into possible violations of SCO's Unix and Linux intellectual property, it said Wednesday. Along these lines, SCO has also created a new division entrusted with managing the company's intellectual property assets, an area over which the company says it wants to keep tighter controls. The idea is for the company to be "a little bit more aggressive than we have been in the past at enforcing our intellectual p... (more)

IBM responds to SCO's complaint

(IDG News Service) — Didn't do it. That's the clear message IBM Corp. has sent with its reply to The SCO Group's $1 billion lawsuit in which it accuses Big Blue of illegally trying to damage Unix to build up Linux. IBM categorically declares that it "has not engaged in any wrongdoing" and that, contrary to SCO's allegations, it has not misappropriated any trade secrets, nor engaged in unfair competition, nor interfered with SCO's contracts nor breached any contractual obligations to SCO. IBM filed its response on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah ... (more)

Mono 1.0 slated for release this year

(IDG News Service) — Project Mono, an effort to create an open source version of the Microsoft Corp. .Net Framework, expects to release version 1.0 of its software this year, probably in the fourth quarter. The project, launched in July 2001, aims to create a runtime environment for Microsoft's .Net Framework for a variety of operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and Unix, said leader Miguel de Icaza, chief technology officer at Ximian Inc., a Linux vendor spearheading the project. By providing a set of open source tools for building .Net applications that run on ... (more)

SCO turns a profit helped by licensing program

(IDG News Service) — The SCO Group Inc. reported a profit in its second fiscal quarter thanks in part to its recently launched initiative to more aggressively collect licensing fees for its Unix operating system software, the company said Wednesday. That initiative includes the filing of a US$1 billion lawsuit against IBM Corp. that alleges IBM engaged in illegal practices to damage SCO's Unix operating system software and benefit IBM's Linux business. This is SCO's first profitable quarter since the company was founded as Caldera Inc. in 1994, said SCO President and Chief Execut... (more)