updated 04:50 pm EDT, Mon April 11, 2011
UnXis completes taking over SCO's Unix technology
UnXis on Monday afternoon said it had finished buying out all of the SCO Group's staff and patents following its failed return to relevance. The buyout gives it control over SCO Unix as well as the roughly 32,000 contracts SCO still held. Plans weren't exact but would include a "new generation of hardware, software and cloud computing."
Former Qwest and MCI veteran Richard Bolandz would take over as CEO of UnXis. He cast the buyout as a "rebirth" of Unix but made no mention of SCO's past legal troubles.
The move marks an effective end to a chapter as it puts control of SCO Unix under a firm whose link with a private equity group gives it different interests. SCO was infamous for at one point pursuing Unix patent lawsuits as its core business model and targeted Novell, IBM, DaimlerChrysler, and other companies for allegedly copying its technology in Linux or in Unix implementations. It eventually faced a final determination that it didn't own the Unix technologies it was trying to use. SCO was barred from suing anyone again over the claims and was swept up by UnXis shortly afterwards.