(I am neither a Linux fanboy or hater. In the past, I was a big supporter and contributor to GNU and its concepts. Mainly, I despise "Intellectual Property" since it does not exist. So I'm anti-IntProp big time)
I really do not see how SCO can lose this case in the U.S.
What he "knows" is that Linux is a ripoff of Unix and contained Unix code.
The linux troika alread admitted Linux had Unix code by issuing a statement that of 2.4.x or 2.6 (or whatever it actually was) all original Unix code was replaced.
So.... Ah HA! Until now, Linux HAS had Unix code and has been using it illegally.
SCO may not make claims against Linux going forward, but what about all of the installs since 2.0 came out?
If you make something that looks like another product...acts like another product, etc., don't you think the guy that makes that other product is going to come after you?
Could I manufacture a truck that is a knockoff of a F-150, put "Fjord" in a blue oval on the front and sell it in the U.S. for $10,000 and *not* get Ford's attention?
More to the point:
In my engineering class (i.e. Graduating class), *all* of us built computers from scratch (Z-80s, 8088s, S-100 bus, etc) and wrote and operating system to go with it.
As much as I wanted to call my copy program "pip", that would have been an automatic failure....plagerism. So no "cp" either.
So at that school, there were 100+ Linus types. With function operating systems
(and yes, my O/S had a kernel...idea taken from Unix and others)
The first time I saw Linux (has it been 10 years? 7?) I thought "Dude! This guy is asking for it!" It was a blatant ripoff of Unix.
But hey what do I know?
I'm surprised Sun, etc., didn't lower the hammer earlier. But they've found their own way to make money on free software. More power to them.
So... I think SCO is in the right on this one. Seems like an open and shut case, since the "opposition" admitted that the code was in place.
And SCO can rot in corporate hell after it's all over just for being such asses.