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[3]: Title has it backwards
by DrillSgt on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 21:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Title has it backwards"
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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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"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'?"

Actually I was referring to OS X, as well as HP-UX, Solaris, etc. I am not necessarily talking Desktop. Last I knew the Market share for OS X and Linux were both about equal, but then Linux is harder to measure as a good chunk of folks download it and install it, so therefore it never gets counted. I do agree that it is most likely higher then OS X, just that the numbers are very hard to get accurately.

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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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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"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?"


True enough on the server side. We use it here at work along with OpenBSD. We have one MS server that was put in before I got here.

Netscape kind of killed themselves off actually. I used Netscape myself until one thing happened, and that was that MS gave away the plugins for free, and to do something as simple as listen to an audio file one had to pay $29.99 in order to do the same for Netscape. Anyone else remember when you had to have Crescendo to do that? If Netscape had not gotten so cocky as to keep charging so much they could have won the browser war, although I will admit that MS sped things up a bit once they came out with IE 4. If Netscape could have kept up there are many of us I am sure who would have stayed with it, instead we went with the most for the least amount of money.

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