SCO, which was paid millions of dollars in software licensing fees by Microsoft last year, has picked up where the software giant left off, said Black. "They've become a PR firm and a litigation firm for Microsoft," said Black. "At one time they actually had a product, but that doesn't exist anymore."
SCO continues to sell its UnixWare and OpenServer software, but increasingly, SCO's activities have focused on the company's Linux battle. SCO has been ramping up its licensing efforts. Last week, the company began making its Intellectual Property License for Linux available to small and medium businesses in the U.S. for the first time.
Microsoft had no influence on the Jan. 8 letter, said Stowell. SCO and Microsoft have discussed the Linux intellectual property issues, he said, but Stowell disputed Black's claim that his company was working for Microsoft to attack Linux. "It's not something we have strategy meetings on or anything," he said.
The letter is available online at http://www.osaia.org/letters/sco_hill.pdf.
Separately, SCO on Thursday revealed that a court hearing in the IBM lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, scheduled for Friday, had been postponed until Feb 6. The court had been expected to examine whether SCO had complied with a December court order compelling it to provide meaningful details of how IBM allegedly violated its intellectual property.
"Both sides felt we would be better served if the hearing were postponed," said Stowell.