Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 18:35 UTC, submitted by anonymous
SCO, Caldera, Unixware Novell appears to be attempting to cut off SCO's lifeline to its cash reserves. By not focusing on the arguments over who owns what in Unix but instead hammering on the far more simple matter of SCO not living up to its business contract, Novell hopes to put a quick end to SCO and its seemingly endless Linux litigation.
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RE[2]: Title has it backwards
by sbergman27 on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 21:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Title has it backwards"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

"""There has been no proof of this given, just hinted at. Don;t be so quick to claim conspiracy."""

Does it really matter if they gathered together in a back room and whispered to each other, or if SCO independently decided to file a frivolous suit against IBM, and MS independently decided to send them $15M in funding to fuel their FUD mongering against what was mutually their greatest potential competitor? (And then referred Baystar to them for even more funding.)

Or do you really believe that MS decided, all of the sudden, thet they needed to send someone $15M for a Unix license, and were so sure that SCO was the proper party to send it to that they just mailed it in without question, so to speak?

The motivations and the end results are the same, whether the cooperation was explicit or implicit.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"Does it really matter if they gathered together in a back room and whispered to each other, or if SCO independently decided to file a frivolous suit against IBM, and MS independently decided to send them $15M in funding to fuel their FUD mongering against what was mutually their greatest potential competitor? (And then referred Baystar to them for even more funding.)"

What competitor? Linux? Sorry, but until the likes of Adobe start actually porting software to Linux, Linux is no threat to any of the major OS. I am not against Linux at all and use it myself, just saying it is not a threat until proprietary vendors start porting mission critical software over. There is no tru photoshop replacement for business, The Gimp needs a lot of work, and Dreamweaver is considered critical to some places.

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RE[4]: Title has it backwards
by deb2006 on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 21:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Title has it backwards"
deb2006 Member since:
2006-06-26

" ... any of the major OS."

Hu? You imply that there is a second one apart from Windows? You aren't going to tell me it's Mac OS X which has a market share that is smaller compared to Linux'?

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RE[4]: Title has it backwards
by twenex on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 22:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Title has it backwards"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Whether or not Linux is "a competitor" to MS, the Halloween documents prove that at one time, at least, Microsoft were seriously worried about the effects of Linux on their business.

Either way, it is very suspicious that within a very short time frame they (a) gave Corel a large cash injection; (b) Corel stopped porting WordPerfect to Linux; (c) soon after SCO's litigation against IBM (which they loudly proclaimed was an attempt to claim back "lost" profits) Ms gave them (SCO) a cash injection. It proves nothing, but it is, as I said, highly suspicious.

Of course, they *may* have been paying SCO for royalties they already owed them, but I suspect that if there had been a general panic in the industry over SCO going after licence-fee defaulters, (a) Novell would have been in bed with them, (b) other companies would have been quick-as-a-flash to pay up.

Someone who's not afraid to stand up to IBM (whether through bravery, arrogance or stupidity) is not going to be afraid to stand up to HP or SGI.

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walterbyrd Member since:
2005-12-31

>>What competitor? Linux? Sorry, but until the likes of Adobe start actually porting software to Linux, Linux is no threat to any of the major OS.<<

Don't confuse Linux with "desktop linux." Linux is strong force on the server side.

Also, don't forget that msft is insanely paranoid about the slighest chance of real competition. What Netscape that great a threat to msft?

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