PJ over at Groklaw thinks her grandchildren (if she had any) might still be following this SCO mess. Well, it won't take that long, but it sure has dragged out, hasn't it?
This most recent development is IBM dropping patent infringement claims. The rational PJ and other's give is that SCO sales are so dismal there's no money there anyway, so dropping the claims will speed up the case.
Well, dismal is a relative term. If SCO is infringing IBM patents, IBM wouldn't really ignore it. It may be small potatoes now, but it's still a meal. Given IBM's patent portfolio, I probably infringed somewhere in this paragraph, so we probably don't need to worry about IBM's ability to sue SCO if they need to. More likely they figure SCO will be a used office equipment sale and a bunch of stuff on its way to a landfill soon enough.
Unless, of course, SCO wins. I hate saying that, because some jackass will read it and think I'm championing their cause, which definitely is not the case. But stupid, ugly, and irrational things do happen in courtrooms and while the odds would seem rather long, that tragedy could happen. I have no salt here to toss over my shoulder, but perhaps I should go get some.
I hope we don't have to wait too much longer for the final shoe to drop.
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