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Embarrassing Dispatches From the SCO Front

Embarrassing Dispatches From the SCO Front

SCO has truly done it again.

Truly, it keeps getting better. SCO (back when it was Caldera) has violated the BSD license with the very code it accuses Linux of
stealing!

Dennis Ritchie himself (one of the original authors of Unix) is saying that either he or Ken Thompson (his co-worker at Bell Labs at the time) wrote that code early on, before there ever was a Caldera or SCO.

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Franz 09/05/03 03:49:30 PM EDT

Are you saying there was insider trading?

Dean Kutryk 09/04/03 03:16:55 PM EDT

Send them (SCO executives) to prison and throw away the key.

walterbyrd 09/03/03 09:01:10 PM EDT

>>If these violations truely occurred, why has it taken so long for the owner of UNIX to bring suit?<<

Because scox was financially desperate. Scox never had a profitable quarter. Scox had a book value under $5 million, and was losing at least $25 million a year (once about $125 million in a year). Scox's stock price was well under $1 a share. So scox execs decided to give themselves a boatload of options for $0.001 each, and pump the price by filing a law suit against IBM.

Today (Sept 3) Scox share price shot up over $16/share. Insiders are selling like mad. And msft is giving scox boat-loads of fud money (about $6 million per quarter).

So everything is working out fine for scox execs.

>>Could it be that they now see that Linux has evolved to the stage that it could pose competition the proprietary software that for so long has dominated the market.<<

No. Scox could never compete against linux.

Gerald Cox 09/03/03 03:42:14 PM EDT

Why do the U.S. courts allow this fiaSCO to continue? How can a company attempt to extort licensing fees from Linux users with out proof that their intelectual property rights have been violated or without even producing evidence of such violation? Caldera Linux was relesed under a GPL. Wasn't SCO Linux released under a GPL? If so, then they released their own code for anyone to use or modify. Are they going to sue themselves?

If these violations truely occurred, why has it taken so long for the owner of UNIX to bring suit? Could it be that they now see that Linux has evolved to the stage that it could pose competition the proprietary software that for so long has dominated the market.

It just seems to me that SCO has taken its licensing and seemingly underhanded marketing lessons from Microsoft and Haley Davidson.

Just my opinion.