EV1Servers.net, a Houston-based company that hosts Web sites for clients and a division of , signed a deal with SCO for running thousands of Linux servers without facing legal consequences from SCO. EV1Servers.net didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Stowell said a "handful" of the world's 1,000 biggest companies have signed such licenses, but all have required confidentiality agreements. EV1Servers.net is the first that allowed its name to be used.
SCO asserts that the Linux operating system infringes on its Unix intellectual property, a claim at the heart of lawsuits that it has brought against Linux advocates IBM and Novell and that top Linux seller Red Hat has brought against SCO.
Lindon, Utah-based SCO has been demanding that Linux users purchase a SCO intellectual property license to use Linux.
SCO, which has retained high-profile attorney David Boies for its legal actions, has said it will, but it missed a mid-February deadline by which to do so.
Although it's been demanding license fees since August, SCO beganonly in February. The launch of the online sales was complicated by a denial-of-service attack that knocked the ordering site out of business, one of .
SCO announced in August that a.
Meanwhile, the company has backed off another aggressive action. It said in September that it planned to, but then the next month.
SCO began arguing a year ago thatthat it was required to keep secret; the company now seeks from IBM.
, a and a prior owner of the Unix technology, over Novell's assertions that it still owns Unix copyrights.
In addition, Red Hat, the leading seller of Linux, filed a suit seeking a declaration that the company.