Following yesterday's SCO Group news, Forbes reports this morning that SCO shares fell nearly 73 percent after a Utah court determined that the company did not, in fact, own copyrights on Linux. Novell, on the other hand, saw its shares climb 3.1 percent yesterday -- presumably a result of the decision that it does own the copyrights.
The writer suggests the decision may be a boon for the open source operating system. Companies that have been avoiding a move to Linux for fear of incurring royalty debt to SCO won't be so hesitant now, he says. And the decision is certainly an image boost for Novell, the story says. The company was not popular in the open source community after coming to an agreement with Microsoft that included patent protection.
Stay tuned. The case may be over, but the story will certainly continue.