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

Please provide VERY extensive and well-researched documentation that this is true. Or STFU.

Thanks in advance.


I already have. Several times. Thats why the OSS fanatics dislike me so!

The year 2000:

http://entmag.com/news/article.asp?EditorialsID=240

"Systems with the Linux OS are further back but gaining rapidly. Linux-based systems totaled $1.7 billion in revenues, a gain of 132 percent."


...

2006:

http://www.itjungle.com/breaking/bn082306-story01.html

"Somewhat surprisingly, Linux seems to be running out of steam a little. After nearly four years of double-digit revenue growth, the Linux server sub-market accounted for only $1.5 billion in sales in the second quarter of 2006, an increase of only 6.1 percent."

Why not apologize little miss STFU?

And twenex ... the numbers mean exactly what they mean. Linux growth is petering out. Running out of steam. Tanking. Dying off.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Oh LOL.

Those numbers have been debunked several times already. One is quarterly, and of course the worst possible quarter each year.

Salenumbers are especially low in Europe - possibly due to the increased adoption of free (gratis) Linux distributions. But then, Linux usage is somewhat larger in Europe than in USA. But of course, you've already stated that USA is the no.1 computer user (with no data to backup your claim), so the rest of the world doesn't matter to you, right?

Linux usage is increasing step by step. As the growth continues the relative market increase will naturally be smaller. No surprise about that. But it doesn't mean it's losing steam, or tanking or dying off.. just that the relative growth is getting smaller.

Windows usage is getting smaller in absolute numbers.. now that's true dying off ;)

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NotParker Member since:
2006-06-01

Those numbers have been debunked several times already. One is quarterly, and of course the worst possible quarter each year.

Never debunked.

The numbers I posted were "year over year". Do you understand what that means?

"After 15 consecutive quarters of double-digit, year-over-year revenue growth, IDC reported that spending on Linux servers "moderated significantly", growing 6.1 per cent to $1.5bn when compared with the second quarter of 2005."

http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2162847/demand-linux-servers-slow...

Translation for the brain dead Linux supporters: From Q2 2005 to Q2 2006 (a whole year) growth in sales of servers that run or will be running Linux slowed all the way to 6.1%.

3 years ago:

http://www.linuxelectrons.com/News/Hardware/20031126074316506

"Linux Server Growth is Nearly 50% Year-Over-Year

Linux server platforms posted a 49.8% growth in factory revenues, year-over-year, while unit shipments grew 51.4% year-over-year."

Edited 2006-10-10 03:54

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Shaman Member since:
2005-11-15

I already have. Several times. Thats why the OSS fanatics dislike me so!

No, they dislike you because you are a dull tool.

Linux server sub-market accounted for only $1.5 billion in sales

Sales being the notable word. SALES. Of a FREE operating system. This does not in any way indicate the growth or current use of Linux. Any study based on sales figures with respect to Linux is utter tripe of the worst sort, at best. Much like all the rest of your posts. I'll bet they are also ignoring ONGOING service contracts and concentrating strictly on sales.

Why not apologize little miss STFU?

Oh my. Was that an insult? Such cutting wit!

And twenex ... the numbers mean exactly what they mean. Linux growth is petering out. Running out of steam. Tanking. Dying off.

In your fantasy world, this is surely true. In the real world, any study showing Linux market penetration based strictly on Linux package sales (even the very best ones) is complete, utter, useless fallacy - at best. Again, like most of your posts.

You should stop arguing with people smarter than you. Which rules out almost everybody on OSNews, and that's not necessarily a complement to them.

Edited 2006-10-10 00:18

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