Novell challenges SCO's Unix claims

Bill Spragg bspragg at
Fri May 30 08:45:23 CST 2003

I remember being told in the early 1990's that Bill Gates (Microsoft) was a 
part owner of SCO. We all tend to forget when companies have shares 
(interest) in other companies. Like, how often do we get reminded that 
Microsoft has owns a large share of Apple Computers?

Does anyone know if Gates or Microsoft have any financial interests in SCO?


At 09:34 AM 29/05/03 -0700, James Leone wrote:
>Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
>>On Thursday, 29 May 2003 at 16:46:26 +0930, David Newall wrote:
>>>      ``To Novell's knowledge, the 1995 agreement governing
>>>    SCO's purchase of UNIX from Novell does not convey to SCO
>>>    the associated copyrights.  We believe it unlikely that
>>>    SCO can demonstrate that it has any ownership interest
>>>    whatsoever in those copyrights.''
>>>           -- Jack L. Messman, Chairman, President and CEO,
>>>              Novell, Letter to Mr. Darl McBride, President
>>>              and CEO, The SCO Group
>>>What bothers me about Novell's letter is that they are as vague in
>>>refuting SCO's rights as SCO are in providing specific evidence of
>>>misappropriated IP.  Novell sold UNIX to SCO; there's a contract
>>>which both of those parties signed; so why can't Novell be certain
>>>about what rights they sold to SCO, and agbout what interests SCO
>>>can demonstrate?
>>Agreed, this upset me too.  I'm wondering if it's not just an American
>>way of expressing themselves (or possibly CYA).  Elsewhere in the
>>letter they were much more forceful and definite.
>What do you mean?  :-D  I am completely oblivious to this. Americans don't 
>make statements it in such a way that the statement being made is very 
>wordy and imprecise and says nothing.....
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