Won’t the real UNIX owner please stand up?

The SCO-IBM-Microsoft-Linux lawsuit just keeps getting weirder.

Now Novell have pointed out that they didn’t actually sell the UNIX System V intellectual property to SCO in the first place. They have also asked SCO to document its claim that Novell’s UNIX code has been stolen and incorporated into Linux.

Meanwhile, Microsoft have categorically denied that they paid licensing fees to SCO just to help pay for the lawsuit. Which means that in fact, they paid to license code from SCO that SCO doesn’t actually own. So, will they get angry at SCO, or will they do nothing and hence tacitly admit that they’re backing the lawsuit?

Oh, given that SCO’s shares went up when Microsoft thought it licensed UNIX from them, the outcome of their shareholder earnings call this morning should be interesting…