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Is SCO finally dead?

Even though SCO has suffered another legal defeat, the company looks like it has enough willpower, if not sense, to keep its legal losing streak going.

On July 16th, Judge Dale Kimball ruled in favor of Novell in SCO vs. Novell and said that the maverick Unix company owed Novell $2.5-million for its Unix deals, and, oh, by the way, Novell, not SCO, really owns Unix. With no IP rights to Unix, it would appear that SCO’s lawsuits against IBM, Novell, and Linux were done. Alas, the experts say “no.”

Eric S. Raymond, co-founder of the Open Source Initiative says, “Sad to say, it ain’t over. SCO is already saying it’s going to appeal on a theory that it was entitled to a jury trial. Clearly, they think trying to get Judge Kimball reversed is an option.”

So far, SCO hasn’t officially appealed, but a SCO press release stated, “We are reviewing today’s ruling by Judge Dale Kimball with our counsel and will be assessing the next steps over the coming days and weeks. This ruling is an important step in our ability to pursue the appeals to try to get all of our claims heard by a jury as soon as possible.”

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