CS: There is definitely uncertainty and doubt. And there are problems identified within the Linux community. We were not the first ones to raise the intellectual property issue, but we certainly have a major issue now. Since digging into the lawsuit with IBM, we've become very aware of issues related to Linux and other areas.
IDGNS: So what's your goal?
CS: Our hope is that we can bring this to a full conclusion so that everyone has a final understanding in terms of intellectual property issues.
IDGNS: Some people are beginning to question if SCO isn't more focused on Unix these days than on Linux. Are you still committed to Linux?
CS: Our primary focus has always been on Unix. Our efforts related to Linux have been to provide choices and multiple solutions to our customers. This hasn't changed.
IDGNS: Could you imagine pulling out of UnitedLinux if there is some continued friction in the group?
CS: We're evaluating all our initiatives related to Linux right now. We have no announcements to make regarding what we may or may not be doing at this point. But certainly we will have to reassess the businesses, opportunities and issues in the marketplace and make appropriate adjustments as we go along.
IDGNS: So abandoning UnitedLinux is a possibility?
CS: I'd prefer to defer that question for now.
IDGNS: What prompted you to initiate the IBM lawsuit when you did? Why now and not a year ago?
CS: We had started working on SCO source-related initiatives late last year. We began digging into a lot of issues and started having some concerns. Then we went to LinuxWorld early this year and heard statements from Steve Mills, a senior executive at IBM responsible for the company's overall software strategy. Basically, he said that IBM will exploit its expertise in AIX to bring Linux up to par with Unix and went on to say a lot of other things, like trying to help obliterate Unix. IBM is a licensee of Unix technology from SCO, originating back to contracts with AT&T Corp. So IBM's position became a big problem for us.
IDGNS: IBM is a big company with deep pockets and plenty of political clout. Do you think you can win the case?
CS: We're very confident about the case. We believe we have significant evidence to present at the appropriate time in court.
IDGNS: What is the next step?