Yep, SCO have picked #2. This time though, it looks like a simple Licensing violation and probably not a direct Linux attack.
Of course, we don’t know what the terms of the licence are: In the lawsuit, SCO simply state that they wish to seek relief: ‘Enter an order that DaimlerChrysler has violated Section 2.05 of the Software Agreement by refusing to provide the certification of compliance with the “provisions” of that Agreement’Here is the complaint if full, reproduced from GrokLaw.
SCO has put out another press release and announced that they will be suing DaimlerChrysler in Michigan before the day is out, for violating their UNIX license, allegedly:
“The SCO Group, Inc., the owner of the UNIX® operating system and a leading provider of UNIX-based solutions, today announced a lawsuit to be filed against DaimlerChrysler Corporation for its alleged violations of its UNIX software agreement with SCO.
“SCO’s lawsuit seeks the following relief:
Enter an order that DaimlerChrysler has violated Section 2.05 of the Software Agreement by refusing to provide the certification of compliance with the “provisions” of that Agreement;
Enter an order permanently enjoining DaimlerChrysler from further violations of the DC Software Agreement;
Issue a mandatory injunction requiring DaimlerChrysler to remedy the effects of its past violations of the DaimlerChrysler Software Agreement; and
Award damages in an amount to be determined at trial;
Enter judgment in favor of Plaintiff together with costs, attorneys’ fees and any such other or different relief that the Court may deem to be equitable and just.
“The lawsuit will be filed in the Oakland County Circuit Court in the State of Michigan today.”
It’s pretty likely that Darl will publicly say that this is all about Linux whilst making the actual court room battle a piffling licence issue that any sane person would give not a hoot about.
I guess this will be a lesson to any of you businesses that are mad enough to still continue using this litiginous companies products and Linux. Don’t! I would seriously say your best bet is to dump all flavours of Linux or dump all flavours of Unix. Of course, you know which I would do 😉
Let your hardware vendors know what’s going on and why. Sun, HP, Fujitsu et al need to be able to see that they are in big trouble if they don’t sort SCO out (Or dump Unix from their products themselves!)
I think I can confidently say that SCO are about to finish off the death that AT&T began: this battle will effectivly make Unix unuseable. We can only hope that it sinks SCO soon. I’ll offer £1 for the sources and make ’em public once and for all 😉