SCO Establishes SCOsource to License Unix Intellectual Property
SCO, the majority owner of UNIX intellectual property, creates new licensing
programs to expand access to its UNIX technology, beginning with SCO System V for
LinuxWorld 2003, New York, NY (Booth # 865)-Jan. 22, 2003- The SCOŽ Group (SCO)
(Nasdaq: SCOX), a leading provider of Linux and UNIX business software solutions,
today announced that it has created a new business division to manage the licensing
of its UNIX intellectual property. The new division, called SCOsource, will manage
the substantial UNIX intellectual property assets owned by SCO, and will operate
an array of licensing programs.
Key components of today's announcement include:
- The creation of SCOsource, a division of SCO that will expand the licensing
of the company's core intellectual property, including the core UNIX source
- The first offering from SCOsource will be SCO System V for Linux-an end-user
licensed product for use on Linux systems. SCO System V for Linux provides unbundled
licensing of SCO's UNIX System shared libraries for use with UNIX applications,
enabling them to run on Linux.
- The appointment of David Boies and the law firm of Boies, Schiller and Flexner
to help research and advise SCO on the company's intellectual property.
SCO's patents, copyrights and core technology date back to 1969 when Bell Laboratories
created the original UNIX source code. SCOsource will manage the licensing of this
software technology to customers and vendors.
"SCO is the developer and owner of SCO UnixWare and SCO OpenServer, both based on
UNIX System V technology," said Darl McBride, president and CEO, The SCO Group.
"SCO owns much of the core UNIX intellectual property, and has full rights to license
this technology and enforce the associated patents and copyrights. SCO is frequently
approached by software and hardware vendors and customers who want to gain access
to key pieces of UNIX technology. SCOsource will expand our licensing activities,
offering partners and customers new ways to take advantage of these technologies."
SCO System V for Linux
The SCO System V for Linux license will provide access to SCO's UNIX System Shared
Libraries for use with Linux. Customers frequently use SCO's shared libraries to
allow UNIX applications to run on Linux. In the past, SCO's UnixWare and OpenServer
license agreements did not allow these UNIX libraries to be used outside of SCO's
operating systems. With this announcement, customers can now license these libraries
from SCO for use with Linux without having to license the entire SCO operating system.
This will enable customers to now run thousands of UNIX applications on Linux.
"The most substantial intellectual property in UNIX comes from SCO," said Chris
Sontag, Senior Vice President for Operating Systems and SCOsource, The SCO Group.
"While Linux is an Open Source product, it shares philosophy, architecture and APIs
with UNIX. Starting today, SCO's libraries will be available to third-party application
developers, OS vendors, hardware providers, services vendors, and end-users. SCO
will help customers legitimately combine Linux and UNIX technology to run thousands
of UNIX applications. SCOsource plans to create other new licensing programs to
make our rich inventory of UNIX System technology available to the market."
SCO will offer SCO System V for Linux for $149 per CPU. Volume licensing discounts
will also be available to enterprise customers and OEMs.
SCO is offering customers of SCO Linux Server 4.0 a license to SCO System V for
Linux as a free value-add to their use of SCO Linux. Future updates to SCO Linux
Server will include a license to SCO System V for Linux.
Appointment of Boies, Schiller and Flexner
As part of SCO's plans to protect its intellectual property, the company has retained
David Boies of the law firm Boies, Schiller and Flexner for research and protection
of SCO's patents, copyrights and other intellectual property.
Parties interested in purchasing the SCO System V for Linux license should e-mail
SCO at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-465-4689 in the U.S. or contact their local SCO
office found at http://www.sco.com/worldwide. For more information about SCOsource,
visit www.sco.com/scosource or e-mail SCO at email@example.com.
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grow their business through its UNIX, Linux and Windows solutions and services.
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