Jeff Liebermann is one of my favorite "opinion" posters. He also makes great techy posts, but I particularly like his wit and style when making political commentary.
In this post, Jeff neatly sums up the original SCO/IBM Monterey dispute. GrokLaw calls this "the goofiest lawsuit" ever, because they choose to concentrate only on the contract as written rather than its intent. Jeff rightly suggests that the intent is more important, and certainly no one can imagine that SCO intended to hand over code and get nothing in return.
Obviously, SCO hasn't had very good lawyers in the past. It's also obvious that this specific point - intent - is what they should have stayed focused on, hammering the point day and night. They never should have gone after Linux. I suppose they might have had to bring Linux into it, if for nothing else than to show that IBM damaged them, but that shouldn't have been the focus.
But here we are. The Groklaw crowd is eagerly awaiting SCO's death, and intimations of office closings and cutbacks abound. Perhaps it is all inevitable?
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