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Am I the only one that smells the hand of microsoft all over this? It seems like a great way for a monopoly to attack the up and comer. Insite a piss ant company like SCO to attack the image of Linux. This seems more about the movement than the money.. SCO is scared of Unix losing to Linux in the server market (It will), and Micosoft has been a little nervous about its position in the server market as well.
Am I just a conspiracy nut, or does anyone else see this?
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Oh absolutly I do. For microsoft it's about harming the name of Linux. About spreding Fear doubt and uncertainty. It think the longer this goes on, the more harm it will do. Novell and Lindows just complicated things. Which means the legal battle will take even longer. Woulden't it be better if IBM would end this right now, by beying SCO. To just get over it. Then again that's exactally what SCO wants.
I doubt that it is. I can remember when there was ms-dos and dr. dos. different os's but same commands. I don't recall any challenges to dr. dos from microsoft. Maybe there were, but I don't recall any.
This SCO thing is getting very suspicious. Especially after microsoft got into a deal with them shortly after the suit against ibm.
IBM buying out SCO would be an admission of guilt by IBM and do more harm than good in the long run. IBM and Linux would both end up with a 'tainted' image; Linux more than IBM since Linux depends more on reputation than marketing.
IBM(and Linux) needs to defeat SCO in court with a clear judgement.
Personally I hope IBM stomps SCO into nothing more than a greasy stain on the 'information superhighway'
I was only talking about legal action by microsoft against dr. dos. I don't think microsoft took any legal action against the dr. dos people. Maybe they did but I don't recall any. Incompatiblity is another issue.
After reading the letter from Novell, it sounds like Novell is here to help. They have a big investment in Linux and the jist I got from the letter is that they are only interested in preventing damage from SCOs smear campaign. I didn't get the impression that Novell would turn around and pull a similar stunt once this matter is resolved. It's in Novells interest to play nice with the Linux community if they want their services to survive in the server market.
We as Linux users are finally being seen as a demographic worth fighting for. That says something great about the progress of the Linux movement. No longer can Microsoft say Linux is no threat without looking foolish.