Linux Containers Authors: Flint Brenton, Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan

Related Topics: Open Source Cloud, Linux Containers

Open Source Cloud: Article

Why Should Sun Stop at Novell - Why Not Buy SCO Too?

Why Should Sun Stop at Novell - Why Not Buy SCO Too?

  • LinuxWorld, San Francisco: Who'll Buy Novell First, Sun or IBM?

    So Sun president Jonathan Schwartz, apropos of nothing, up and tells the Wall Street Journal - in time to make the edition that hits the newsstands the morning LinuxWorld Conference & Expo opens - that Sun has been thinking about buying Novell.

    He said Sun wasn't negotiating with Novell, but it's been thinking about acquiring it because it would disrupt IBM's strategy of boxing in Red Hat - so Red Hat won't become another ungovernable Microsoft impudently competing more and more with IBM's own products - by throwing more of its business to Novell satellite SUSE, a wedding IBM paid for.

    Well, either what we've got here is a stink bomb or a trial balloon.

    In a blog attributed to Jonathan, he writes, "Whoever controls Novell controls the operating system on which IBM's future depends" and Sun, which has any number of scores to settle with IBM, would run over its grandmother to be in that position.

    If Sun's right, all it would take for it to buy Novell is upwards of $2.6 billion and a catfight that makes Oracle and PeopleSoft look like, well, pussycats.

    But why stop at Novell?

    If Sun really wants to torture IBM, it would buy Novell first, then SCO, and press SCO's $5 billion suit against IBM.

    And all that would take is the balls to fly in the face of political correctness. Sun has always claimed it's got big cajones.

    It may also have good reasons.

    See, rumor has it that Sun has its own bone to pick with IBM over IBM's use of SCO IP.

    Supposedly IBM used the SCO SVRV code that it illicitly got from its aborted Project Monterey alliance with SCO to shore up its SVR3-based AIX system, bring its functionality into "affinity" with Solaris and rustle Sun's customers.

    Such a thing could easily set off Sun CEO Scott McNealy, who's reportedly on pretty good terms with SCO CEO Darl McBride.

    There is, after all, no love lost between Sun and Linux. Sun's current object is to replace Linux with Solaris x86 and Sun, like Microsoft, has paid SCO millions for certain mysterious Unix IP rights.

    SCO may be able to convince Sun its IP claims aren't as farfetched as the open source community contends and if resources get tight at SCO because of its legal fees, Sun could prove to be SCO's ace in the hole.

    SCO currently believes that even the little evidence IBM has turned over so far - only seven of the 232 versions of AIX and Dynix it's under court order to cough up - has tightened the noose around IBM's neck and that once the court forces IBM to disgorge the rest of the discovery SCO wants - like internal e-mail - IBM will be dead in the water.

    SCO's evidence is currently under seal, but it's likely the company will amend its suit for a third time in the next month or so and outline whatever it's got on IBM.

    SCO evidently hopes to be spared some of IBM's legal posturing because IBM's own documents reportedly refer to AIX as derivative work based on Unix System V. The SCO-IBM fight is all about SCO's right to control how derivative work can be used.

  • More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

    Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

    Comments (5) View Comments

    Share your thoughts on this story.

    Add your comment
    You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

    In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

    Most Recent Comments
    Frederick Schmidt 08/09/04 12:39:04 AM EDT

    I do think Schwartz has it right - IBM is really stuck if novell falls into someone else's hands. Red Hat is coming up their tail pipe, and IBM has zero control. Looks like they repeated their microsoft mistake - AGAIN!!!

    A person 08/08/04 09:02:43 PM EDT

    Its so great to see rightwing hatetrash posted in response to tech news.

    But about the actual article. I worked at IBM on project Monterey. A bunch of SCO people worked with us on it too. Of course all those poor folks were subsequently booted when the company was farmed off to the current pack of vultures, but at the time it was a close partnership. Only reason things didn't work out was that the Intel Itanium was garbage.

    Sun won't buy SCO unless they want to voluntarily inherit an unlimited amount of bad karma and jump down a rabbithole of disaster. Novell is basically worthless. And come to think of it, Maureen O'Gara is a muckraking nitwit for even posting "news" like this. Trying to get someone to quote your awesome newsletter as a "source" Maureen?

    Smithy 08/07/04 02:37:30 PM EDT

    Cowardly creep from moveon.org : "bin laden is not in america, so therefore can not be "the most hated man in america".
    Rubbish! You don't have to live in America to be the most hated man in America!
    Hitler was more hated by Americans at one time than anyone else, and he never lived in this country before, as far as I can determine! Same thing with , Stalin, Gaddafi and even Saddam Hussein at some time in history.
    The most hated man in America is the man Americans hate the most, and where I come from, Bin Laden takes first prize, closely followed by your psycho pal Michael Moore, the fat, ugly, smelly white man!
    How me even ONE single recognized poll that says George Bush and Darl McBride are the most hated people in America. Just one!

    Pathetic, cowardly, Bush-hating silme ball : And I would probably have to agree that bush is the most hated man in america "
    You would think that wouldn't you, you and every other Al Qaeda operative and terrorist out there.
    After all 10 out of 10 terrorists want anyone but Bush as American president, because Bush has done more against Islamic terrorists than any American president in history!

    Terrorists simply love John Kerry, and his extremist, hard line anti-American, 20 year voting record in the US Senate, so much so that Kerry couldn't even mention his record in the US Senate during his acceptance speech! No surprise there!

    Another thing, down in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and every single southern state, George Bush continues to be far more popular than Slick Willie Clinton ever was, including Clinton's own home state of Arkansas, where they know him better than anywhere else.

    Yet another thing, I'll back President Bush's popularity against any of the loony left crazies that keep spewing out hate any day.
    Hopefully we can get Fox News Channel to run a proper poll pitting George Bush against the leftwing nuts like Fat Michael Moore, Al Frankenstein and see who is more hated in this country.
    I'll back President Bush against these clowns any day, any time!

    GenderBender 08/06/04 02:15:54 PM EDT

    Actually the writer (Maureen O'Gara) is a "she" not a "he" - just for the record :)

    Saravanan 08/06/04 01:24:23 PM EDT

    The writer must be new to this field. Let him write on some other things.

    @ThingsExpo Stories
    Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
    As IoT continues to increase momentum, so does the associated risk. Secure Device Lifecycle Management (DLM) is ranked as one of the most important technology areas of IoT. Driving this trend is the realization that secure support for IoT devices provides companies the ability to deliver high-quality, reliable, secure offerings faster, create new revenue streams, and reduce support costs, all while building a competitive advantage in their markets. In this session, we will use customer use cases...
    Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
    Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
    The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
    DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of bus...
    With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
    DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
    DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that "Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO" has announced that its Call for Papers is now open. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to [email protected] Financial enterprises in New York City, London, Singapore, and other world financial capitals are embracing a new generation of smart, automated FinTech that eliminates many cumbersome, slow, and expe...
    DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
    DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICOHOLDER named "Media Sponsor" of Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO. ICOHOLDER give you detailed information and help the community to invest in the trusty projects. Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO has opened its Call for Papers. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to [email protected] Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO also offers s...
    With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
    Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
    Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
    Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
    Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
    The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
    Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
    Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
    Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018. Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DX Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive ov...