Does SCO Matter?

Posted by AnonymousCoward on Nov 10, 2004 10:42 AM EDT
eWeek; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
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What have all of SCO's legal actions amounted to? In many ways, not much, but in others, SCO has profoundly changed how we think about technology. [and Steve explores this theme]

When it all started, back in March 2003, there was a lot of talk about how SCO's attack on Linux might cripple Linux's growth.

It hasn't happened. [...]

SCO's stock sits near an all-time low of $2.85. It's actually worse than that. Far too many people seem to have forgotten that before SCO launched its lawsuit against IBM, the company had a 4-to-1 reverse stock split in 2002. Therefore, by pre-reverse stock split measures, SCO has sunk to a smidgen over 70 cents a share. [...]

While it's highly unlikely that SCO can win its cases against IBM and Novell, its actions have led to IP issues becoming just as important as ROI (return on investment) and TCO (total cost of ownership).

[and in much more detail Steve laments the damage done by The SCO Group to the industry's level of legal trust]

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