High Noon

Friday, July 18 2003 @ 03:56 PM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

There will be a SCO Teleconference at noon July 21, EDT. This is what they promise to talk about:

"Latest developments in IBM lawsuit
"Details about ownership of UNIX intellectual property, copyrights and opportunities for Linux customers"

"Opportunities" for Linux customers? I think I can safely say that there are no Linux customers looking to SCO for opportunities. Perhaps they mean their own customers, who are likely seeking opportunities to escape.

David Boies will be there this time, along with the usual suspects.

US: 800-406-5356
Toll Call: 913-981-5572
Conference code #: 464644

A recorded replay of the teleconference will be made available 2-3 hours following the conference call and can be accessed by contacting Seth Oldfield at soldfiel at sco.com or by calling 801-932-5709.

Who is invited?

"Press and industry analysts interested in UNIX and Linux intellectual property issues. Linux customers who wish to receive clarification from SCO on Linux use."

This is it. I'm only guessing, but judging from Linus' recent statements, I think they are going to back down as far as Linux is concerned. How much I don't know, but that is what I am expecting. Or maybe it's just hoping.

I guess it's my duty to show up, huh? Yup.

I would like to ask Boies about the GPL if they announce any licensing scheme. I don't know if they will let me attend, but I'll try. If not, I'll surely listen to the recording and report the news. If I don't make it, it won't be because I didn't try.

Infoworld reports that SCO's Blake Stowell is saying they will be announcing a licensing scheme, all right, sometime in the next month, but Monday will be just a taste of it. Illuminata analyst Gordon Haff says that while most Linux customers probably won't participate in a SCO licensing program, some companies might be willing to pay SCO to guarantee they would not be sued. SCO is "hoping that even if 99 percent of Linux customers laugh in their face, that there will be sufficient large companies who, for what is presumably going to be a relative drop in the bucket of their IT budgets, can potentially eliminate a cloud over their heads," he said.