Shame on me. I was sure that when SCO fired anti-Linux zealot and CEO Darl McBride, that Edward Cahn, the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Court Trustee, would kill off SCO's IBM lawsuit as a waste of money for a company that's been bleeding red-ink for years. I was wrong.
According to a Salt Lake Tribune report, Cahn told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross that "SCO's claims against IBM and Novell 'should be pursued aggressively.'"
You've got to be kidding me. I predicted that Cahn would want to continue the Novell lawsuit. After all, as it is, no one knows who really owns Unix's intellectual property. Unix's ownership is a big deal. If Novell owns it, then SCO has nothing left of any real value. But IBM? Come on!
We've known, not suspected, known for years that SCO's core copyright claims about IBM copying parts of Unix into Linux aren't true. No one who has read over any of the publicly available evidence thinks otherwise, except for SCO loyalists.
I can only presume that Cahn hasn't really looked at the case. He seems to believe that underneath all of SCO's copyright smoke there had to be some fire. Sorry, there's not even a spark.
But, because the Bankruptcy Court seems sympathetic to SCO and Cahn has said that continuing the IBM lawsuit makes sense, it looks like SCO's anti-Linux lawsuits aren't done yet. Darn it.
The one bit of good news in all this is that Cahn is putting a stop to perhaps the dumbest of all SCO's lawsuits, its suit against that well known software vendor, AutoZone. Now, if only Cahn had done us all a favor and whacked the IBM anti-Linux lawsuit as well I'd be content with this latest Friday court session of As the SCO Turns.