The enterprise software company issued a statement on Tuesday dismissing a claim by SCO CEO Darl McBride that thecontravenes an agreement signed in 1995. That's when Lindon, Utah-based SCO acquired Unix System 5 from Novell.
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The Provo, Utah-based software maker went on to say that it had not received "formal communication from SCO on this particular issue" and that it would respond if the Linux antagonist formally pursued the matter.
McBride's comments were made during a conference call on Monday in which he discussed SCO's continued, a law firm whose partner David Boies represented the U.S. government in its antitrust case against Microsoft.
"We bought the Unix System 5 rights from Novell back in '95, and there was noncompete language that would prevent Novell from competing against our core offerings," McBride was quoted as saying in a transcript provided by SCO. "Linux is a knockoff of Unix. There can't be a more straightforward reading of the noncompete clause."
By "reading," SCO clarified on Wednesday, McBride meant "violation."
In the conference call, McBride hedged on whether SCO intended to sue Novell over the alleged contract infringement.
"When the Novell-SuSE deal is complete, we will take measures to enforce the noncompete agreement with Novell," McBride said, according to the transcript. "I don't know that it will turn into a lawsuit. That depends upon how they respond, and if they put a competitive product in the marketplace."