Feeds

Judge shoots down Oracle's Solaris support 'trafficking' claim

But infringement, competition, false advertising claims still hang over Terix and Maintech

Application security programs and practises

Oracle has suffered a setback in its latest attempt to reserve the Solaris support business for itself.

A US court has thrown out part of a lawsuit it lobbed against Terix and Maintech that alleged they’d duped users by saying they were allowed to fix and update Solaris.

According to Oracle, Terix, with Maintech’s knowledge, “misrepresented itself” as an Oracle partner authorised to provide Solaris support.

Oracle, which lodged its case last year, claimed the duo had taken or facilitated the removal of “large quantities” of copyrighted Solaris patches, updates and big fixes.

Earlier this month, though, the presiding judge dismissed Oracle’s claim that Terix and Maintech had trafficked in access credentials.

Terix in a statement on Thursday said it was pleased with the ruling, but said it recognised the case is not settled.

“Terix does not traffic in access credentials of Solaris Updates and we do not condone, and in fact condemn, such practices by any independent service organization,” chief executive Bernd Appleby said in a statement.

As Appleby pointed out, the case is not settled.

Remaining to be resolved are Oracle’s claims of breach of contract, copyright infringement, unfair competition and false advertising

Appleby said he believed Oracle filed the suit because Terix provides Oracle maintenance on a par with the OEM but with "added value and flexibility".

Terix supports IBM, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Oracle, HDS, EMC and NetApp for clients including Fortune 500s.

Oracle has sued others over support for its systems, most notably Rimini Street in 2007. The case has not been settled.

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.