21 Sept 2007
An extended intellectual property/copyright dispute between SCO Group (Santa Cruz Organization) and Novell over Unix and UnixWare has resulted in SCO's defeat in court. It has now filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors, partly due to losing the copyright case but also it appears because of its failure to adapt to the open systems form of software licensing. Linux companies generally provide their operating systems software for free (or near enough), making their money from support services. SCO stuck with the older model, charging heavily for the software itself, and has paid the price in the long run.