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By | Simon Sharwood 18th March 2015 23:57

Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

Bring it on, say Big Blue's beaks

The SCO vs. IBM case has once again thrust up an undead limb up from deep beneath the soil.

The case hinges on just who owns Unix and has been burbling along since before Facebook was founded.

Most of the world's population long since lost interest in SCO's contention that IBM and Novell pinched bits of its code and tossed them into Linuxes from which they later made some dough. But SCO still cares, because after all manner of strife it is a walking corporate corpse animated only by the prospect of one day getting IBM to write it a cheque. It might have a point, given that the work IBM and Novell did on Linux is thought to have have helped the operating system reach its current status as a data centre darling.

The new development in the case is visible in this filing (PDF) in which SCO says the smackdown it received in late 2014 left three matters unattended-to. Those three issues are:

  • Unfair Competition
  • Interference with Contract
  • Interference with Business Relationships

IBM's contribution to the filing is to agree to SCO's call for a court date to be named so the two parties can nut this out.

It therefore looks very much like this one is heading back to court so that we can all enjoy the spectacles of ancient coals being raked over. And lawyers racking up more fees. ®

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