Court ruling becomes a win for SCO vs. IBM


Author: Bob Mims, Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal magistrate has handed a partial victory to Utah’s SCO Group, ordering computer giant IBM to turn over more of its Linux operating system-related program codes.

U.S. Magistrate Brooke Wells’ ruling, released just minutes after Salt Lake City’s federal courthouse closed Wednesday, came in the Lindon, Utah software company’s contractual suit stemming from Big Blue’s alleged distribution of Linux applications purportedly tainted with SCO’s proprietary Unix code.

In a lawsuit tentatively set for trial next fall, SCO is seeking damages ranging from $5 billion to $50 billion from IBM. The Utah company also is in Linux-related litigation with Novell, Linux distributor Red Hat Inc., and Linux end users AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler.


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