02.20.08

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SCO and Microsoft: Where Things Stand

Posted in Courtroom, Finance, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft, Novell, SCO at 7:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

SCO

Linux.com has just summarised the recent affairs that we covered here about SCO’s latest cash injection [1, 2]. I’m fortunate enough to have received a mention among titans like PJ and Jim Zemlin.

Datamation’s Roy Schestowitz notes that for a company with such a troubled and checkered past, it’s a mystery why anyone would want to come forward and help rescue it from certain death. “Why would anyone invest in SCO?” he asks. “More importantly, why now?”

Groklaw’s Jones may have an answer. She suggests a connection between the new investors and Microsoft’s Bill Gates.

In the end, though, all the hype may be just that — hype. Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, says all the theories and conjecture are just navel-gazing. In fact, he says the whole story is nothing more than “a speculator picking the bones of a defunct company. The facts of the SCO case haven’t changed; the Linux industry is stronger than ever.”

For those who have not seen the latest update from Groklaw, here is the bit to keep an eye on and make a mental note of.

Update: It seems Bill Gates has a friend in this picture. The two announced another deal last year, according to this IHT article, “Four Seasons Hotels agrees to bid from Gates and Alwaleed”:

Gates and Alwaleed have collaborated for at least two years. After attending a dinner at Gates’s home in Bellevue, Washington, in early 2004, Alwaleed agreed to explore ways to assist Microsoft’s expansion in Saudi Arabia.

So, there’s Waldo.

We shall see what else Groklaw can come up with. That’s where the SCO gurus are.

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