The legacy of SCO's lawsuits is the scrutiny that Linux code base received, said Queen Mary University of London., who, as chief executive of the OSDL, leads one of the most influential organizations in the Linux world. He spoke Monday night at
"There was a lot of due diligence around the world, with people looking at the code and looking at software stacks, and all this work validated that there was nothing there--no risk, no issue," Cohen said. "The SCO court case ended up on every Web site, in every newspaper and every magazine. Everybody had to do due diligence. You could not be a CTO or CIO and not do due diligence in 2003 to 2004, when SCO was suing.
"And look at what happened with the market share: People did not say, 'Let's wait until this thing is over.' If anything, it accelerated the use of Linux, so it is one of the best things that ever happened to the operating system."
Cohen, whose organization employsand lead kernel maintainer , also said the SCO litigation is "nearly dead now."
SCO, alleging that the computing giant had misappropriated SCO trade secrets and code copyrights in its work dealing with Linux and with IBM's version of Unix, AIX. SCO is seeking from Big Blue.
SCO followed up with suits againstand , and later began threatening to take its own customers to court unless they agreed to pay licence fees for the Linux intellectual property that SCO claims to own.
The federal judge overseeing the SCO Group's suit against IBM. Still, the judge also said he found SCO's argument "puzzling."
SCO faces mounting financial woes, with falling revenue and ain the cards.
Matt Loney of ZDNet UK reported from London.