Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Oct 2006 17:30 UTC, submitted by JCooper
SCO, Caldera, Unixware A declaration by SCO's backer, BayStar has revealed that the software Giant Microsoft had more links to the anti-Linux bad-boy. The declaration made by from BayStar general partner Larry Goldfarb has turned up as part of IBM's evidence to the court. Goldfarb says that Baystar had been chucking USD 50 million at SCO despite concerns that it had a high cash burn rate. He also claims that former Microsoft senior VP for corporate development and strategy Richard Emerson discussed "a variety of investment structures wherein Microsoft would 'backstop', or guarantee in some way, BayStar's investment". Thanks to The Inq for the summary.
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Some people love Bill Gates. I don't...
by buff on Mon 9th Oct 2006 19:06 UTC
buff
Member since:
2005-11-12

It is funny how different people's perceptions of MS are and Bill Gates. I was thinking of my boss saying how great Gates was since he gives so much money to charities now. What a swell guy... I was going to say something but I bit my tongue instead. Gates might be feeling philanthropic now giving away lots of money to charities and such but how many companies with great ideas were driven into the ground by unethical business practices by Gate's management. For example funding a company to keep Linux locked into legal FUD. How ethical and philanthropic is that? How about all the companies that were strong armed into doing it the way MS wants or losing their contracts. Used to happen all the time, probably still does. If I was working for a charity I might not accept money from MS on the grounds that a portion of it is dirty money.

Edited 2006-10-09 19:07

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Shaman Member since:
2005-11-15

Gates might be feeling philanthropic now giving away lots of money to charities and such but how many companies with great ideas were driven into the ground by unethical business practices by Gate's management

Oh, have no fear. Gates hasn't changed the colour of his feathers. He gives computers loaded with Windows to teaching institutions (lock-in, tax sheltering; prevents toehold of other OS) and he provides billions in funds for African medicine while accepting shares from the medical companies in a joint bid to prevent the Africans from starting up their own drug plants. Gates gets richer, the medical companies get richer, the Africans get medicine... all good, right? Can't have those Africans making inexpensive drugs for their own people, or working paying jobs, that's not in the interests of anybody, right?

Yeah. He's a real humanitarian.

...then the responsible person at MicroSoft acted on his own for something that MS recognized would be bad for them and so fired this Emerson accordingly

Oh please. You've got more blinders on than a Budweiser wagon parade.

Edited 2006-10-09 20:26

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NotParker Member since:
2006-06-01

He's a real humanitarian.

Yes he is.

and he provides billions in funds for African medicine while accepting shares from the medical companies in a joint bid to prevent the Africans from starting up their own drug plants.

The Truth Seekers ... spinning moronic conspiracy theories to justify the usual OSS hate-mongering.

What has Linus or Stalman ever given away to charity?

Zero?

"To further its work, the foundation currently has just over $30 billion in assets, a purse built up from Bill and Melinda Gates' gifts of $26 billion and appreciation in its broadly diversified investments (which at the moment contain no Microsoft).

The $30 billion, of course, does not include the $8 billion in gifts that the foundation has made since 1994. Last year it gave $1.36 billion, and this year it expects to spend around $1.5 billion.

Now it will be Buffett and the Gateses building up the foundation together. Bill and Melinda have said that almost all their fortune will go to charity, and right now they still have an estimated net worth of $50 billion.

The foundation works heavily through partners (nongovernmental organizations, usually) and has focused on big causes. Its original giving was directed at providing U.S. libraries free online access - and today more than 99% are hooked up.

The foundation then broadened its efforts to global health, on which it now spends around 60% of its funds. Much of that is beamed at what Bill Gates calls "the Big Three diseases": malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis."

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