The SCO-Linux controversy that was thought to have settled reignited

I have been interviewing IBM for more than 17 years in a lawsuit filed by SCO Group against IBM alleging that IBM illegally copied UNIX source code and used it on Linux. He has written more than 500 articles on this proceeding and related proceedings. I thought the problem was over and it was a thing of the past. But the idea was wrong. Xinuos, which acquired SCO’s UNIX products and intellectual property in 2011, filed a lawsuit against IBM and Red Hat alleging that it “illegally copied the Xinuos software code and used it for its server operating system.” It was. For those who don’t know about this proceeding, let’s take a brief look back at the past. The SCO Group (SCO), which was created by Caldera, a Linux company, acquiring SCO, a UNIX company, in 2001, was thought to be a company that could compete with Red Hat at that time. But that didn’t work, and two years later SCO filed a proceeding against IBM and launched a full-scale legal war against Linux. Many readers will not know the names of the two companies, which in itself tells the story of the proceedings. SCO’s Linux proceedings didn’t make sense, and no one thought they would succeed from that time. Later, it turned out that Microsoft was funding SCO. Unfortunately for Microsoft and SCO, it soon became clear that SCO’s proceedings against Linux-camped companies had no decent claims. SCO lost the battle one after another. The fatal blow was that in 2007 it was proved that SCO did not actually own UNIX copyright. In 2011, SCO’s only remaining asset, its UNIX OS, was sold to UnXis. Many were confused by the acquisition, but in reality it made some sense. This is because SCO’s UNIX products “OpenServer” and “Unixware” had their own needs, albeit on a small scale. UnXis (now renamed Xinuos) stated that it was not interested in the meaningless proceedings of the SCO at the time. In 2016, the company’s CEO Sean Snyder said, “We are not an SCO. We just bought the product as an investor. Right to sue IBM. I didn’t buy it, and I’m not interested in it at all. ” But now the company seems to be in trouble. “FreeBSD-based systems like our OpenServer 10 have been removed from the market,” Snyder said. In an official statement, Snyder now said, “This is about the theft of Xinuos and our intellectual property, but also about market manipulation that has damaged consumers, competitors, the open source community, and the innovation itself. There is. ” The SCO alleges in a complaint filed in the US Virgin Islands District Court: First, IBM stole Xinuos’intellectual property and used the stolen property to create and sell products that compete with Xinuos itself. Second, while the stolen property is in the hands of IBM, IBM and Red Hat have illegally agreed to split control of related markets and use expanding market power to consumers, innovative competitors. , And unreasonably damaged the innovation itself. Third, after IBM and Red Hat began collusion, IBM acquired Red Hat to strengthen and perpetuate their plans. IBM spokeswoman Doug Shelton responded by saying, “Xinuos’s copyright claim is a rehash of the stale claim of its predecessor who sold the copyright to the company in bankruptcy and is worthless. The argument is that Xinuos’s anti-trust allegations against IBM and Red Hat, the world’s largest open source company, are just as illogical. ” Xinuos does not provide evidence to support another claim that IBM and Red Hat dominate the UNIX / Linux market in two halves, and IBM acquired Red Hat to consolidate market share.