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SCOinfo.com No More?

UPDATED: SCO Group officials said they planned to launch a Web site Monday containing information about its lawsuits against IBM and other companies. But Monday came and went and there is still no site in sight.

The company intended SCOinfo.com to counter Groklaw.net, the hugely popular source for all documents and legal proceedings pertaining to SCO's litigation against a number of software companies and its own customers.

The message at SCOinfo.com Tuesday morning, however, doesn't leave much hope for an "anti-Groklaw" site catering to its side of the story. Outside the banner running along the top, the home page is bare except for a message that states:

"SCO is anticipating that it will use this site as the future home for all information relating to SCO's pending lawsuits and related issues. For current information about SCO's suit against IBM, please visit www.sco.com/ibmlawsuit, and about SCO's suit against Novell, please visit www.sco.com/novell."

According to its registration, SCO has the domain name -- as well as proSCO.net, the originally planned site for its intended Web forum -- registered until October 2005. But, according to a news report from IDG News Service, Janielle Fernandes, a SCO spokesperson, is quoted as saying, "it's still up for debate whether the Web site will ever go up."

However, Blake Stowell, a SCO spokesman, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that the company hasn't given up on its plans for SCOinfo.com, though he didn't provide a date for the launch of the site.

"SCO does plan to have a site in the near future that helps people gain information regarding the protection of our intellectual property," he said in the statement. "While the site isnt available yet today, we are taking a little more time to make sure we do the site correctly."

That the site was intended as an alternative to Groklaw isn't a trade secret. Since last year, Groklaw founder Pamela Jones has turned a little-known Web blog into an open source database of information on SCO's litigation against IBM, Red Hat, Novell, AutoZone and Chrysler-Daimler. The site covers nearly every court document that's accompanied the cases, as well as provides a steady barrage of commentary blasting SCO and its actions.