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SCO, IBM, Unix, Microsoft, and Canopy - SCO Group's Sontag Speaks Out

SCO, IBM, Unix, Microsoft, and Canopy - SCO Group's Sontag Speaks Out

In a published interview conducted by e-mail with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, SCO Group's "IP czar" - i.e., the general manager of the company's SCOsource division, Chris Sontag - exudes unapologetic self-confidence and complete peace of mind.

Read the interview for yourself, but the highlights are as follows:

 

Question: Do you truly expect any enterprise or smaller business to pay for a license?

Sontag's Answer:
We truly expect any commercial user of Linux based on the 2.4 kernel and later to properly compensate SCO for our intellectual property by paying us a license fee.

 

Question: Any regrets about how this has played out? If so, what are they?

Sontag's Answer:
It's too bad that the Linux development process couldn't prevent misappropriations of Unix software code.

 

Question: Are you concerned about becoming the pariah of IT vendors?

Sontag's Answer:
The only thing we are concerned with is protecting our intellectual property. Any software or hardware vendor out there that owns intellectual property knows that they have to protect it. If you let others steamroll your intellectual property, then why or how are you going to stay in business?

LinuxWorld congratulates Michael S. Mimoso, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com's news editor, on asking SCO's Sontag such plain-spoken questions.

 

 

 

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