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Ending the Embedded Linux Patent War Before It Begins

The Open Invention Network was created in 2005 as a white hat organization to protect Linux. It has considerable financial backing from Google, IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. More than 800 organizations worldwide have joined the community by signing the free OIN license. A clamor recen...

The Ghost of SCO Dogs IBM Again

Like Carrie, whose hand emerged from the grave to grab Sue by the ankle in Sue's nightmare, SCO has reemerged from its grave to revive its lawsuit against IBM, 10 years after the case was first filed. A court has granted SCO's motion for reconsideration and reopening the case. The case had several t...

Groklaw Calling It Quits After a Job Well Done

Groklaw will stop publishing new articles May 16 -- exactly eight years to the day after it was launched. This is because its reason for existence is gone, according to founder Pamela Jones. "In a simple sentence, the reason is this: The crisis SCO initiated over Linux is over, and Linux won," Jones...

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SCO Wins, Sony Switches to Linux, Pigs Take to the Skies

Well, it's April Fool's Day once again, and that means it's time to have some fun with recent news from the world of FOSS. For example: Did you hear the SCO Group won its six-year case against Novell? Ha! That's because it didn't -- thank goodness. And what about Sony's decision to make its PlaySta...

Novell Scoops Up the Marbles, SCO Goes Home

After six years of battle, a federal jury has ruled that Novell owns the rights to the Unix operating system. In 2003, the SCO Group began campaigning to get Linux users to pay it license fees, arguing that unspecified SCO intellectual property had been improperly included in Linux. SCO filed suit ...

SCO Tosses McBride Overboard, Continues Flying Lawsuit Flag

Unix software firm SCO Group announced a corporate restructuring plan Monday to sever ties with CEO Darl McBride and reduced the company's workforce. The restructuring was designed by the firm's Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee, Edward Cahn. These moves and other corporate adjustments will help the com...

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Yahoo Scrambles, Scrabble Scraps, Chertoff Coaxes

Unwilling to believe that resistance to a Microsoft takeover is futile, Yahoo is throwing a lot of strategies at the wall to see what sticks. Its latest effort is a trial advertising partnership with Google -- a two-week test of its AdSense service. Yahoo plans to run Google ads alongside up to 3 pe...

SCO Gets $100M Valentine

The SCO Group, a software technology and mobile services firm that focuses on Unix-based solutions -- but is perhaps best for its high-profile lawsuits against Novell and IBM -- has announced a $100 million cash infusion from Stephen Norris Capital Partners that promises to yank the small Utah-based...

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SCO Gets $100 Million, Lives to Die Another Day

Here I was all ready to post my thoughts on user interfaces and ease of use, when news surfaced that the SCO Group has received an investment of $100 million to take it private. The company once claimed to own the rights to Unix and then proceeded to sue IBM and Novell for infringing its intellectua...

Patent Suit Against Red Hat, Novell Threatens Open Source World

Two companies have hit Linux vendors Red Hat and Novell with a patent infringement lawsuit alleging their products use technology first patented more than a decade ago. IP Innovation and Technology Licensing filed the suit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Texas, a popular jurisdiction for patent...

SCO Lawsuits: ‘Misguided From the Start’

In the aftermath of the SCO Group filing for bankruptcy on Friday, reactions from analyst and community quarters are less gleeful and more sober about lessons learned. There weren't any champagne corks popping at the headquarters of the Linux Foundation following Friday's announcement. "The lawsuit ...

SCO Shares Plummet to 40 Cents on Courtroom Loss to Novell

After four and a half years, the long, torturous and often twisted legal battle between SCO and Novell came to an end Friday when a federal district court judge put the kibosh on SCO's claims that it owned copyrights to the Unix code and operating system, upon which some of the code in Linux is base...

Microsoft-Novell Honeymoon Ends

Microsoft and Novell, participants in a recent historic Windows-Linux technology- and patent-sharing pact, are having some differences of opinion over the existence of Microsoft technology in the Linux operating system. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer fired up Linux and open source supporters by claimin...

SCO Ships HipCheck Mobile Monitoring Application

The SCO Group on Thursday announced the availability of HipCheck, the latest offering from the company's Me Inc. mobile services division. HipCheck is a mobile administration solution designed to monitor and manage Unix and Windows systems through Windows Mobile phones. The application combines syst...

The Rugged Landscape of Open Source Software Compliance

Black Duck Software got its feet wet during the SCO uproar, when the Unix firm's legal onslaught against IBM and others sharpened concern over intellectual property rights connected to the use of software code. New issues have arisen since then, however, coinciding with the increased adoption of ope...

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