The Australian Unix Users Group has weighed in on the SCO-Linux debate, claiming the company's current litigation does nobody in the Unix/Linux communities any good.
"I am really disappointed," said AUUG's president Greg Lehey of SCO's actions. "The current [SCO] mob is keen on litigation. But it doesn't do anybody any good. AUUG condemns SCO's actions."
Lehey said AUUG felt compelled to address the issue because of its representation as a organisation for the Unix and open source communities – both of which have been targeted by SCO.
In light of this, AUUG said it has invited Kieran O'Shaughnessy, the managing director of SCO Australia, to address AUUG members at the AUUG NSW Chapter meeting this evening -- 29 May 2003.
O'Shaughnessy said he has been asked to talk about SCO's lawsuit with IBM and its more recent suspension of its Linux initiative.
He said he was aware that some people in the meeting will take an antagonistic view of SCO in light of the current state of play. "I would expect people to be vocal," he said. "But I firmly believed that SCO has every right to protect its intellectual property."
For those members and non members looking to attend tonight's meeting, O'Shaughnessy said he hoped to be as "candid as possible". So get in early. The meeting kicks off at 6.15pm at Sun Microsystems' offices in North Sydney.