Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 6th Dec 2003 19:42 UTC, submitted by Tom Curtis
SCO, Caldera, Unixware IBM won a tactical victory Friday in a legal battle with SCO Group when a judge ordered SCO to show within 30 days the Linux software to which it believes it has rights and to point out where it believes IBM is infringing.
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by Archie Steel on Sun 7th Dec 2003 19:24 UTC

Until I see real proof that Microsoft is funding SCO then I will take it as vaporware and ramblings of crackpot zealots.

I think you're being a little harsh here. Making a hypothesis based on conjecture may not lead very far, but I'd hardly call them "ramblings of crackpot zealots." Again, there seems to be a lot of hostility in these words. SCO hasn't shown any more proof that there is stolen code in Linux, and yet you seem more ready to give them the benefit of the doubt! Regarding MS's involvement, it would be a safer to simply state that there's no evidence at this point to corroborate this scenario.

How probable the scenario is, now that's an entirely different matter. I must admit that it would not surprise me if it were to be true: they've got the motive (hurt Linux), the resources (40G$ in cash reserves), the means (Baystar Capital), the long history of previous shady deals and underhanded tricks...

Frankly, I'm puzzled over your refusal to even consider that they might be involved, just because there's no hard proof. Consider this instead: if you were MS and this is what you wanted to do, wouldn't you do this in such a way as to leave no obvious traces behind?

For sure, nobody can prove that MS is supporting SCO in its fight against Linux, and it would be foolish to claim that this is undoubtedly the case. But I think it's equally foolish to refuse to see this as a very real possibility.

Again, sometimes conspiracy theories turn out to be true!