The SCO Group has had enough of being flamed, dissected and dismissed for its claims on the Linux kernel and has decided to fight back online with the launch of a new website that it says will tell it how it is.
"We will be launching a website in a few weeks to tell our side of the story," Darl McBride, SCO's president and CEO told the Etre conference in Cannes yesterday. We now know that that that site will appear at Prosco.net and be launched on 1 November.
"For some time now, if ever there was anyone who wanted to be provided with updates on how things are progressing with regard to the litigation on various fronts, there was never really a site they could go and hear SCO's side of the story," said an SCO spokesman. "We'd like to provide a venue for that."
SCO is involved in a number of legal disputes over its claim that Linux violates its intellectual property. IBM, Novell, Red Hat, Autozone and DaimlerChrysler have all been dragged into the issue, leading some to ponder whether the Unix vendor has bitten off more than it can chew.
With Novell disputing that it even sold SCO the code it now claims appears in the Linux kernel, SCO has been the target of relentless and in-depth attacks on its arguments. In particular the Groklaw website has been highly critical of SCO's claims and approach, and the SCO spokesman actually confirmed that part of the reason behind the new site is thanks to Groklaw.
The site will include a calendar of the cases SCO currently has in litigation as well as access to the legal filings made in SCO's cases. There are, however, no plans to allow readers to discuss the documents on the website. "If we opened it up to that, it would simply become another one of the message boards that our detractors use to try and overwhelm us," Stowell said.
Started shortly after the 2003 launch of SCO's multibillion dollar lawsuit against IBM, Groklaw began as a Web log for Linux enthusiast Pamela Jones, a paralegal working for a law firm at the time. It has evolved into an open-source project itself, where legal filings are meticulously dissected by an army of volunteers. Jones' scathing critiques of SCO's legal manoeuvres and Groklaw's lively discussion postings are now routinely read by executives, lawyers and journalists.
But while SCO is keen to get its view out there, it still faces two obstacles: one, the site will be written by SCO itself and so will not be as persuasive as a more independent suit. And second, SCO has now given the zealots in the open-source community another target to aim at - Prosco.net. (Incidentally, prosco.com and prosco.org are not owned by SCO - we wonder how long it will be before SCO decides they belong to it and embarks on another two legal cases.)
How long the site will stay up before it is bombarded with a denial-of-service attack is open for debate, but you can bet it won't be long.