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Putting all conspiracy theories aside, as fun as they are (especially if you're ESR), I'm actually pretty convinced that the real state of affairs in SCO vs Linux is the result of cock-up rather than conspiracy.

My gut feel is this: SCO used the lawyers to make a quick buck, by waving an IP portfolio and a license agreement for the Unix System at people and expecting them to fold quickly. Their first two targets paid up - MS because it didn't want to face another big lawsuit with so many on the go at once (and one against UNIX would just be sooo much bad publicity), and Sun because it's getting enough bad press at the moment over its financials and didn't want to take any risks over Solaris.

IBM weren't so quick to fold. SCO went legal to try and push for payment. The lawyers came out, and then the bills started arriving, and SCO was out of its depth, as IBM decided to play a waiting game.

The rest is history.

(originally posted as a comment in another place)

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vicarage
Aug. 29th, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC)
I reckon Microsnot paid up to give SCO a fighting fund, as all the FUD they could spread could only aid Microsnot fight off linux at the high end.
sbisson
Aug. 29th, 2003 03:07 pm (UTC)
I've spoken to senior MS folk off the record and they are really unhappy about how they're getting the blame for the actions of a company that they feel blackmailed money out of them. The only consolation they have is that Sun apparently paid a lot more than them...

It's a pity that it's all unpublishable and deniable...
marypcb
Aug. 29th, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC)
rubbidge ;-)
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