Cringely: AT&T May Have Reserved Rights in UNIX

Wednesday, June 18 2003 @ 06:36 PM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

Robert X. Cringely says AT&T still has reserved rights on UNIX and may step in legally soon:

"Within the halls at AT&T, folks were chattering just last week that AT&T still has reserved rights on Unix. Naturally, the company is paying close attention to the various legal claims that SCO is making and may join the battle soon. My spy said the word around AT&T is that this will all be resolved shortly. But one has to wonder how long SCO could survive if it had opponents in multiple courtrooms [~] those being, of course, IBM and AT&T."

In case that doesn't prove true, or until it does, I will keep digging. Some on the Yahoo SCOx message board have been debating who the mystery second licensee is, and some have wondered if it could be Sun, because it began an ad campaign today in essence saying we aren't under a legal cloud. It started me thinking.

Here's a list of who SCO says went to their annual shindig last April, to discuss the future of UNIX and Linux:

"PARK CITY, Utah, April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The SCO® Group (SCO) (Nasdaq: SCOX -News ), a leading provider of Linux and UNIX business software solutions, gathered industry leading IT companies, vertical solution providers, and hardware manufacturers at the company's annual Retail Summit today to discuss future trends and technologies in the retail market, with a special focus on UNIX and Linux based retail solutions. Attendees at the SCO Retail Summit include Datavantage, DELL, GERS, HP, ICM, Oracle, Radiant Systems, Retek, TOMAX, Triversity, Vigilant and Wincor Nixdorf."

I'm thinking our mystery company is likely in that list. If I recall, they identified the mystery corporation as a major hardware manufacturer.