February 16, 2004

Novell: Patient Men, Proper Conduct

Chuck Talk writes "Novell has been acting admirably in their ongoing litigation with the SCO Group (the lawsuit formerly known as Linux distributor Caldera International). I have to tip my hat to the fine way that they have engaged this legal battle. They have refused to be drawn into the tit-for-tat bashing that the SCO Group have been using to hype their case since its inception with IBM.

If there is an example of how to conduct oneself in the midst of litigation, Novell is setting that example. Although they could have easily chosen to act as unprofessionally as others have done to date, they have instead chosen to take the high road. Simply put, they have chosen to keep quiet about their impending litigation and acted with proper advice from counsel. They have chosen not to come out swinging with press release upon press release with wildly contradictory statements about nebulous concepts that they hope no one would ever understand.

We have not heard the high-volume inflammatory statements from Novell. They simply choose to release their letters quietly and state facts without the need to inflame public passion. They have not chosen to accuse the SCO Group of anything more than exceeding their rights under previous agreements. In fact, they are taking the steps necessary to enforce the agreements and contracts as originally held by Novell under their separate agreement with the Santa Cruz Operation, a now fiscally near-defunct company called Tarantella."

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