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SCO in the News: Facts Update - As Rumors Swirl

SCO in the News: Facts Update - As Rumors Swirl

SCO's Claim re CA "Is Nonsense," Says Computer Associates

Reporting in Linux Business Week, veteran industry reporter Maureen O'Gara says that the claim SCO made earlier this week that CA has become a SCO licensee "is nonsense," in the words of CA senior VP of product development Mark Barrenechea.

5 March 2004   §   Maureen O'Gara   §   Reads: 1607   §   Feedback: 15   §   HOT STORY



SCO's Digital Fingerprints Lead to Bank of America

News.com says it saw a Word document of SCO's lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler - the rest of us have pdf versions - that indicated SCO originally intended to sue the Bank of America, an IBM AIX account, but changed its mind for some reason or another on February 18 at 11:10 am when the carmaker was substituted.

5 March 2004   §   Maureen O'Gara   §   Reads: 925   §   Feedback: 1

 

SCO Twist: Does the Nevada District Court Run Linux?

Sometimes a story is so good, writes LinuxWorld Senior Editor James Turner, that you almost don't want to know if it's true or not. Such is the case with the widely reported discovery by UK firm Netcraft that the Nevada District Court, which will hear one of the two SCO lawsuits, itself runs Linux on their Web servers.

4 March 2004   §   James Turner   §   Reads: 1907   §   Feedback: 3   §   HOT STORY



A piece of juicy compromising e-mail written by a SCO consultant to SCOsource VP Chris Sontag and SCO CFO Bob Bench last October suggesting that Microsoft had quietly funneled $86 million to SCO and that it was good for at least $106 million before tapping all possibilities happened to turn up on open source philosopher Eric Raymond's web site Thursday.

5 March 2004   §   Maureen O'Gara   §   Reads: 6930   §   Feedback: 19   §   HOT STORY

 

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Al 03/09/04 05:09:39 PM EST

Does SCO's behavior affect all Linux flavors? (dabian, mandrake, etc..)

To me, it seems at the very least that SCO uses some very poor business practices, sorta like they have no ambition to make their systems work, rather destroy our online community.
Their business logic eludes me. Sounds like microsucks is involved.

Watch Bruce 03/09/04 10:27:37 AM EST

There is a cool article called "SCO's failing case against IBM" written by Bruce Perens here.

It ends: "When a company makes unfounded assertions for a month or two, it can be dismissed as a mistake or wishful thinking. When the distortions continue for a full year, that suggests a less innocent conclusion. There are hard questions about what's going on--especially when deceived stockholders are liable to left in the lurch."

clandaith 03/09/04 10:20:57 AM EST

The Forbes.com FUD is actuall a Reuters story. Reed Stevenson works for Reuters. I thought they hired journalists at Reuters, but I guess I was wrong.

richm 03/09/04 10:19:06 AM EST

> Articles say that the liscenses were thrown in
>as part of a seperate breach of contract settlement.
>They were not "purchased".

That's a crucial piece of information. One that SCO will deliberately mishold or put endless spin on.

I think that CA wasn't thinking when they allowed that "licensing" to be thrown in as part of the terms of any settlement. Now SCO will run around using this as ammunition for their continued litigation.
CA should have known better than to allow this.

It's not like CA or anyone else doesn't know who or what they were dealing with...

Jeffrey Baker 03/09/04 09:48:24 AM EST

The relationship between SCOX and Canopy certainly seems, to us, like an abuse of the corporate form. I'd guess the SEC will eventually become involved.

tabgeldawad 03/09/04 09:47:07 AM EST

It doesn't matter what they did or did not pay! They still "acquired" the licenses, providing validation for SCO's claims.

If the SCO license cost 1 penny, would you buy one? No? Not because you don't want to spend a penny, but because getting a license is pretty much an admission that SCO may be right.

The damage is done, and CA should be taken to task for their cowardly behavior.

kuwan 03/09/04 09:45:21 AM EST

Basically Canopy threw in the licenses as part of a settlement with Canopy's Center7 company. I wonder if SCO broke any confidentiality agreements regarding the settlement by announcing that CA was a Linux IP Licensee. ;)

cosmo7 03/09/04 09:44:04 AM EST

Forbes.com has an article on this right now that is full of statements which don't really make sense.

I particularly liked this part: "Generally, if an IP holder is able to demonstrate that others in the industry have taken a license, thereby respecting the IP holder's claims, that can be used as evidence that is persuasive to a jury,"

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