SCO adds licensing unit, famed attorney
The SCO Group (http://www.sco.com) this week
created a new business division dubbed SCOsource to manage the licensing of its
Unix intellectual property assets and hired famed Microsoft prosecutor David
Boies to defend those assets.
Officials from Lindon, Utah-based SCO Group, formerly Caldera International,
said at this week's LinuxWorld conference that the new SCOsource division will
be charged with expanding efforts to license the company's core intellectual
property, including the core Unix source code inherited with its acquisition of
the former Santa Cruz Operation.
The division's first offering will include SCO System V for Linux, which
provides unbundled licensing of SCO's Unix System shared libraries for use with
Unix applications, enabling them to run on Linux.
SCO Group President and CEO Darl McBride reminded observers that SCO is the
developer and owner of SCO UnixWare and SCO OpenServer, both based on Unix
System V technology. ''SCO owns much of the core Unix intellectual property, and
has full rights to license this technology and enforce the associated patents
and copyrights,'' he said.
McBride said the new division will expand SCO Group's licensing efforts,
providing software and hardware suppliers with better access to licensing pacts
for key pieces of Unix technology, including specific libraries to allow Unix
applications to run on Linux-based systems.
Chris Sontag, senior vice president for operating
systems and SCOsource, added that starting this week, his division will license
SCO's libraries to third-party application developers, OS vendors, hardware
providers, services vendors and end users.
Mike Bucken is former Editor-in-Chief of Application Development Trends magazine.