November 18, 2003

SCO CEO: Novell-SuSE breaks SCO contract

Author: Robert McMillan

LAS VEGAS -- Novell Inc.'s $210 million planned acquisition of SuSE Linux AG will put it in violation of a non-compete agreement the networking vendor has with The SCO Group Inc., and could possibly lead to legal action, SCO CEO Darl McBride said Monday in an interview.

The non-compete agreement is part of a broader agreement signed between Novell and The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. when Novell sold the rights to its Unix System V software in 1995, McBride said.

The SCO Group (formerly Caldera Systems Inc.) inherited the non-compete agreement, along with the Unix rights, when it acquired Santa Cruz Operation's Unix business in 2000, McBride said

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