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Microsoft to license Unix from SCO

by Nikola Strahija on May 19th, 2003 Microsoft Corporation has agreed to license Unix technology from The SCO Group that could support SCO's controversial efforts to collect royalties from companies using Linux.

In March, SCO filed a $1 billion lawsuit against IBM Corporation, for allegedly misusing Unix code to bolster Linux efforts. Earlier this month, SCO said it will suspend it's Linux business and warned commercial Linux users they may be liable for intellectual property violations that, it alleges, exist in the Linux source code.

For an undisclosed amount, Micosoft will license Unix patents and source code from SCO.

This move by Microsoft may suggests other companies to sign license agreements to avoid litigation.

Microsoft, at the time being, doesn't have any plans to develop open-source software, although it will be used in products for Windows-Unix, like the Windows Services for Unix.

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