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High Noon
Friday, July 18 2003 @ 03:56 PM EDT

There will be a SCO Teleconference at noon July 21, EDT. This is what they promise to talk about:
Latest developments in IBM lawsuit
Details about ownership of UNIX intellectual property, copyrights and opportunities for Linux customers
"Opportunities" for Linux customers? I think I can safely say that there are no Linux customers looking to SCO for opportunities. Perhaps they mean their own customers, who are likely seeking opportunities to escape.

David Boies will be there this time, along with the usual suspects.

US: 800-406-5356
Toll Call: 913-981-5572
Conference code #: 464644

A recorded replay of the teleconference will be made available 2-3 hours following the conference call and can be accessed by contacting Seth Oldfield at soldfiel at sco.com or by calling 801-932-5709.

Who is invited?

Press and industry analysts interested in UNIX and Linux intellectual property issues. Linux customers who wish to receive clarification from SCO on Linux use.

This is it. I'm only guessing, but judging from Linus' recent statements, I think they are going to back down as far as Linux is concerned. How much I don't know, but that is what I am expecting. Or maybe it's just hoping.

I guess it's my duty to show up, huh? Yup.

I would like to ask Boies about the GPL if they announce any licensing scheme. I don't know if they will let me attend, but I'll try. If not, I'll surely listen to the recording and report the news. If I don't make it, it won't be because I didn't try.

P.S. Infoworld reports that SCO's Blake Stowell is saying they will be announcing a licensing scheme, all right, sometime in the next month, but Monday will be just a taste of it. Illuminata analyst Gordon Haff says that while most Linux customers probably won't participate in a SCO licensing program, some companies might be willing to pay SCO to guarantee they would not be sued. SCO is "hoping that even if 99 percent of Linux customers laugh in their face, that there will be sufficient large companies who, for what is presumably going to be a relative drop in the bucket of their IT budgets, can potentially eliminate a cloud over their heads," he said.

Update:

Here's the press release:

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The SCO Group | Investor Relations | The SCO Group Teleconference, Monday, July 21, Noon EDT

The SCO Group Teleconference, Monday, July 21, Noon EDT

Jul 18, 2003

US: 800-406-5356 Toll Call: 913-981-5572 Conference code #: 464644

SCO to Provide Updates on IBM lawsuit, UNIX Ownership and Copyrights

What: SCO Teleconference: * Latest developments in IBM lawsuit * Details about ownership of UNIX intellectual property, copyrights and opportunities for Linux customers

Who: Darl McBride, President & CEO, The SCO Group Chris Sontag, Senior Vice President, SCOsource, The SCO Group David Boies, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX), the owner of the UNIX operating system, helps millions of customers in more than 82 countries to grow their businesses. Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide network of more than 11,000 resellers and 8,000 developers. SCO Global Services provides reliable, localized support and services to all partners and customers. For more information on SCO products and services, visit http://www.sco.com

Where: US: 800-406-5356 Toll Call: 913-981-5572 Password: 464644

When: Monday, July 21, 2003 Noon EDT

Who: Press and industry analysts interested in UNIX and Linux intellectual property issues. Linux customers who wish to receive clarification from SCO on Linux use.

Note: A recorded replay of the teleconference will be made available 2-3 hours following the conference call and can be accessed by contacting Seth Oldfield at soldfiel@sco.com or by calling 801-932-5709.


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