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SCO's 4th Quarter & Year-End Results Call on Dec. 22
Friday, December 16 2005 @ 11:26 AM EST

SCO has announced officially the day and time for their 4th quarter and year-end financial results conference call. I'll show you the press release in a minute. Mark your calendars for December 22 at 5 PM EST, as I'm sure we'll be treated to lots of arm-waving about what they allege they found in the way of infringing code, or more likely how their case has never been about copyright at all. It's all about methods and concepts now. And they'll tell us about the $10 million cash transfusion too, I'll betcha, and how it shows such confidence in their case.

December 22 is the drop-dead deadline for discovery to end on that topic of infringed code, and it seems very fitting that we celebrate the end of what was beginning to feel like perpetual discovery. Now, every year on December 22, we'll remember all that they put us through. And one of those sweet years, we'll know how it all came out...

Ah, the mind wanders happily, but jolting myself back to reality, this year we will still have to clench our teeth and endure some more blood pressure-ratcheting SCO spin, I expect, about that evil IBM employing people who have ideas here and again that if you hold the paper just so, and insert some stuff from the other side of the paper, and squint, looks a little like something in crusty old UNIX, those IBM pirates.

SCO says it is the owner of the Most Holy IP in UNIX, unless Novell is, of course, or nobody is, for that matter, but if SCO is, they have a contract that wasn't enforced for two decades or whatever it has been, and they found some wording in one contract or in a letter in a dusty old file cabinet that no one is ever allowed to think a thought that was thought of before by anyone who ever saw UNIX code and they've rounded up some people ready to swear on the Bible the wording means such and so, until you actually depose them... and if you throw out some other agreements that contradict the contract, bingo. Payday!

Well, you catch my drift. That's the future, I'm afraid. It's not about trade secrets now. They dropped that claim like a hot potato, because there aren't any trade secrets in UNIX. It's not about copyright infringement in any normal sense unless they can find some code and get some copyrights, and so far, it's been mighty slim pickings on that score, for anyone who wants a payday. The only real copyright infringement claim left is IBM's, in their GPL copyright counterclaim. It's not about the GPL is unconstitutional any more either. I believe they may have outsourced that one, along with the Linux-is-unAmerican or whatever. Joke. Joke. Or is it, Joke? Joke?

No, my friends, after all the discovery on all the dropped claims, what is left on the table? It's about pretty much nothing any normal person would ever care about. For which they would like IBM to hand over a gazillion dollars. Or is it duhzillion? I forget. Big numbers make my pretty little head spin. Perhaps that's why they told us it was about copyright and Linux and trade secrets and Hollywood-against-the-evil-downloaders. Words to prevent thinking.

I believe that performance might end up costing them, and not only in the SCO v. IBM litigation. It has already cost them credibility. The mountain of code, remember? The deep-divers from MIT? Where are they now? In the most recent hearing, SCO's lawyer reportedly was repeatedly dismissive about the value of code comparisons. *Now* they tell us. And what about the letters to corporate Linux users that they might be violating copyright law? If SCO turns out not to even own the rights, well, those letters are a bit embarrassing, particularly when Red Hat and IBM start talking about how they were damaged by that SCO PR. Now, the case is just a weird but simple contracts case, to which Linux is merely a bystander. Like a toddler hit in a drive-by shooting in the Bronx or LA.

By the way, in the following press release, SCO identifies itself like this:

The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX) is a leading provider of UNIX software technology for distributed, embedded and network-based systems, offering SCO OpenServer for small to medium business, UnixWare for enterprise applications, and Me Inc. for digital network services.

Here is how they identified themselves in their October 31, 2003 10K:

Our core business focus is to serve the needs of small-to-medium sized businesses, including branch offices and franchisees of Fortune 1000 companies, by providing reliable, cost effective UNIX operating systems and software products to power computers running Intel architecture. We also provide a full range of pre and post sale technical support for all of our products, primarily focusing on OpenServer and UnixWare. Additionally, we provide UNIX-based professional consulting and custom software development services.

So I'm thinking we aren't the only ones who will remember the SCO saga until our dying day, but SCO's memories won't be as sweet. Read on for the press release itself.


LINDON, Utah, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The SCO(R) Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOX) a leading provider of UNIX(R) software technology for distributed, embedded and network-based systems, announced today it will release its financial results, for the fiscal fourth quarter and year, ended October 31, 2005, after the close of the market, on Thursday, December 22, 2005.

In conjunction with the release, the company will also host a conference call that same day at 5:00 p.m. (EST) or 3:00 p.m. (MST) to discuss the Company's results.

WHAT: The SCO Group, Inc. Fourth Quarter and Year-End Fiscal 2005 Financial Results Conference Call

WHEN: Thursday, December 22, 2005, 5:00 p.m. (EST), or 3:00 p.m. (MST).

HOW: If you would like to participate in the live call you may dial (719) 457-2637 or (800) 946-0705, confirmation code: 7141218.

You may also join the call in listen-only mode via Web cast. The URL is listed at

About SCO

The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX) is a leading provider of UNIX software technology for distributed, embedded and network-based systems, offering SCO OpenServer for small to medium business, UnixWare for enterprise applications, and Me Inc. for digital network services. SCO's highly innovative and reliable solutions help millions of customers grow their businesses everyday, from SCO OpenServer on main street to UnixWare on Wall Street, and beyond. SCO owns the core UNIX operating system, originally developed by AT&T/Bell Labs and is the exclusive licensor to Unix-based system software providers.

Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide network of thousands of resellers and developers. SCO Global Services provides reliable localized support and services to partners and customers. For more information on SCO products and services, visit

SCO, SCO OpenServer and the associated SCO logo, are trademarks or registered trademarks of The SCO Group, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. UNIX and UnixWare are registered trademarks of The Open Group. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other brand or product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.

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