Microsoft licenses SCO Unix code


In a move that is undoubtedly intended to bolster the copyright claims of SCO, Microsoft sunday announced that they will be licensing the remnants of AT&T's original Unix from SCO.

As reported by CNET, this is the next salvo in the war between Microsoft and the Linux community.

So far, fortunately for Apple, the BSD-derivative community has been untouched by the litigious SCO (currently going through a tough time due to lack of sustainable revenues).

Although some might view this as a defensive maneuver by Microsoft to prevent any challenge by SCO against any possible infringement, there are others (pointed out by this article in The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)) that believe this is Microsoft's way of helping to bankroll SCO's ongoing effort to defeat Linux (or at least get itself acquired by IBM).