SCO's 'Smoking Gun' Versus IBM

Just when you thought you heard the last from SCO they've pulled out another trick. SCO is claiming to have found IBM's weakness. According to SCO executives IBM may lack the proper licenses for their UNIX based AIX OS. If true this could cause some trouble over at IBM, as IBM's AIX OS are a multibillion dollar business for the tech giant.

The nasty legal battle between SCO Group and IBM may soon grow wider, as SCO executives have dropped a new bombshell. In private interviews during their annual user conference in Las Vegas this week, SCO executives said they have discovered that IBM lacks proper licenses for its Unix-based AIX operating system, heart of a multibillion-dollar business for IBM.

SCO alleges that since 2001, AIX has contained code for which IBM does not have a license. Moreover SCO claims to have found internal IBM e-mails in which IBMers acknowledge this shortcoming. SCO says it discovered the e-mails in a mountain of documents IBM produced in discovery related to SCO's lawsuit against IBM over the Linux operating system. SCO may file a new complaint based on these allegations or may amend its current complaint to include the new charges, says Darl McBride, chief executive of the Lindon, Utah-based software firm.

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