Good news. The SCO group has finally lost their ridiculous claims that they owned Unix. A federal judge has ruled that Novell is the rightful owner and that SCO should drops all claims including the ones against IBM as well. This legal battle started back in 2004 when the yo-yo CEO of SCO claimed that his company owned Unix and that everyone in the world was violating his IP rights. To add fuel to the fire, Microsoft had given SCO countless millions to what everyone thought was nothing more than bribe money, to finance their legal challenges.

SCO had also alleged that since they owned Unix, they would also be able to prove that Linux also violated their IP rights. This ruling will also kill those claims as well. Hopefully this will make those in the Linux community breathe a sigh of relief as well.  Now we will have to see if Linux will also be safe from the claims that Microsoft is making also alleging IP rights violations as well.

What is also nice to see is that the stock shares of SCO have gone from a high of $17 a share in 2003 to a new low of a $1.13 a share as of last Friday. 🙂 I sincerely hope that the SCO group folds up shop and withers away in the wind.

Comments welcome.

[tags]sco, novell, unix, linux, legal, battle, [/tags]