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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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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Shaman Member since:
2005-11-15

The Truth Seekers ... spinning moronic conspiracy theories to justify the usual OSS hate-mongering. What has Linus or Stalman ever given away to charity?

What's a business decision made between Gates and the drug companies he now owns stock in got to do with charity?

What has Linus or Stalman ever given away to charity?

You may have heard about Linux, the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and GNU?

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.

Bill, is that you?

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.

I await their humanitarian efforts. Those not tied to some corporation's agenda, that is.

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.

Sounds great. Provide references? Do you suppose that those libraries were provided with MSN propaganda and all the computers run Microsoft Windows only, rather than services, equipment; software of their choosing? Just a little guess: they took what they got and will have to like it.

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."

I don't suppose you could provide me with documentation showing that money went into building plants in those affected countries? I can tell you that it didn't. Dirty money, indeed.

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Bit_Rapist Member since:
2005-11-13

Sounds great. Provide references? Do you suppose that those libraries were provided with MSN propaganda and all the computers run Microsoft Windows only, rather than services, equipment; software of their choosing? Just a little guess: they took what they got and will have to like it.

Yes I'm sure it was horrible to have free hardware/software and support provided on the computing platform that love it hate it, runs on the vast majority of desktops.

Do you honestly think the public library system actually knew what kind of infastructure they wanted?

I highly doubt it went as deep as "We want solaris on the backside and we'd like Macintosh machines for the workstations" or any other combo.

It was probably more like "We'd like to offer the internet for free to people but cannot afford it"

I don't suppose you could provide me with documentation showing that money went into building plants in those affected countries? I can tell you that it didn't. Dirty money, indeed.

What do propose they make at these plants? Vaccines that are the culmination of billions of dollars of research done by big drug companies? I'm sure the people who spent billions developing these drugs will let that happen!

If a charitable organization such as the gates foundation wants the help of medicine companies then yes you can expect the companies that do the research will be involved with end product of the medicine.

Its a charity to fund developments for some hard hitting disease and its aim is to provide needed drugs to people who are suffering and in many cases can't afford the drugs.

Its not a job fair or employment agency.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

*LOL*

You really worship your Lord... kneel serf.. kneel! HAHA ...

The charity work is so small in reality, and only works as to give more MS-users in the coming years.

If Bill Gates meant it seriously he would fight patents and copyrights on medicine, and make it possible for africans to produce cheap medicine. It would give MS fewer benefits (being in opposition to the republicans then), but would also safe many more africans.

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