The SCO Group has hired high-profile attorney David Boies to see whether Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and versions of BSD infringe on Unix intellectual property the company owns.
Jan. 27, 2003
The day is approaching when Linux will likely replace IBM's version of
Unix, the company's top software executive says.
Jan. 29, 2003
The SCO Group, inheritor of the intellectual property for the Unix
operating system, sues IBM for more than $1 billion, alleging that Big
Blue misappropriated SCO's Unix technology and built it into Linux.
March 6, 2003
Linux seller Red Hat discusses a new phase in its plan to profit from a
premium product, a new lower-priced version and a new brand name.
March 11, 2003
SCO Group Chief Executive Darl McBride asserts that lines from Unix's
source code have been copied into the heart of Linux, sometimes exactly
and sometimes in a modified form, designed to disguise their origin.
May 1, 2003
The SCO Group expands its attack outside the courts, sending letters to
1,500 of the world's largest corporations, warning them that they could
be liable for using Linux.
May 14, 2003
Microsoft says it will license the rights to Unix technology from the
SCO Group, fueling speculation--denied by both companies--that the
larger Linux foe is behind the SCO suit.
May 18, 2003
The local government in Munich, Germany, votes to move 14,000 computers from Microsoft's Windows to Linux, despite efforts by the software giant
to hang onto the multimillion-dollar contract.
May 28, 2003
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer identifies Linux and open-source software as
key competitive challenges to the company in a memo to all employees.
June 4, 2003
The SCO Group unearths a 1996 document that derails a Novell assertion
that it still owns the copyrights to Unix.
June 5, 2003
Linus Torvalds, founder and leader of the Linux programming project, is
unruffled by the SCO Group's actions.
July 8, 2003
SCO announces that it will start a program to let companies that run
Linux avoid litigation by paying licensing fees.
July 21, 2003
Leading Linux seller Red Hat escalates the legal war over Linux, filing
a lawsuit against the SCO Group that seeks a declaratory judgment that
Red Hat has not violated SCO's copyrights or trade secrets.
Aug. 4, 2003
IBM files counterclaims against the SCO Group, arguing that SCO violated
four IBM patents and that SCO's position is invalid, because it formerly
Aug. 7, 2003
In its lawsuit against IBM, the SCO Group begins a direct challenge to
the General Public License--the legal foundation for Linux and numerous
other open-source programming projects.
Oct. 28, 2003
Longtime Microsoft foe Novell signs an agreement to acquire SuSE Linux
for $210 million in cash, while IBM boosted the deal with a promise of a
$50 million investment in Novell, when the deal closes.
Nov. 4, 2003
Red Hat, IBM and the Open Source Development Labs are each beginning serious work to advance Linux for use on desktop computers.
Nov. 11, 2003
Top programmers Linus Torvalds and Andrew Morton release the first major update in two years to the core of Linux.
Dec. 17, 2003
Schism hits key open-source group
Linux lab gets new CEO, new direction
Net attack crushes SCO Web site
SCO suit now seeks $3 billion from IBM
Linux lab lands Torvalds
Torvalds test-drives new Linux core
SCO gets $50 million investment
Linux community scoffs at SCO's evidence
SCO plans more Linux lawsuits