Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 07:02 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
SCO, Caldera, Unixware On April 29, SCO will finally have its day in court, but not exactly in the way the Unix and Linux litigation company had planned. If things had gone the way SCO wanted, it would be facing IBM to see how much money it would get for IBM using Unix code in Linux. Instead of that fantasy coming true, SCO will be trying to hang on to what's left of its assets from Novell.
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Remember Microsoft paid for this
by jacquouille on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 21:07 UTC
jacquouille
Member since:
2006-01-02

I see many comments about SCO but none about Microsoft. Remember that the real reason why SCO embarked in that is that Microsoft paid them to (then of course McBride is stupid to have accepted, I don't deny that).

The short version is that Microsoft gave SCO at least $50 million (some sources say $85 million) to sue.

The more detailed version is that in order to cover its tracks (since even Microsoft leaders could realize this is dirty) Microsoft did not pay SCO directly, they used an investment company named Baystar.

Google search:
http://www.google.com/search?q=microsoft+baystar+sco

Some results:
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/100906-baystar-exec-says-micr...
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061008-7932.html
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/mar2004/tc20040311_8...
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-5172426.html
http://www.linux.com/feature/34722
http://www.news.com/Investor-outlines-SCO-Microsoft-link/2100-7344_...


So believe me, Microsoft is getting away with it just too easily.

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trenchsol Member since:
2006-12-07

McBride was not that stupid. SCO business was quickly going down even before the lawsuit. They managed to buy some time. The lawsuit increased the price of their shares up to 20-fold, temporarily, and the leadership managed to get rid of them for a very god price.

The lawsuit created an atmosphere of legal doubts around Linux which never disappeared entirely.

The real losers are stockholders, and SCO users, who are going to lose support for their infrastructure.

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