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Thursday, March 6, 2003

SCO Sues IBM For $1 Billion

Well, the other shoe has dropped. SCO has filed suit against IBM, claiming that Big Blue has dumped Unix intellectual property into Linux. One analyst pretty much hit it on the head:

"It's a fairly end-of-life move for the stockholders and managers of that company," said Jonathan Eunice, an Illuminata analyst. "Really what beat SCO is not any problem with what IBM did; it's what the market decided. This is a way of salvaging value out of the SCO franchise they can't get by winning in the marketplace."

From the "unintentional comedy" file: I don't think IBM has much to fear, judging from the track record of SCO's legal counsel.

Representing SCO is David Boeis of Boeis, Schiller and Flexner, the attorney who prosecuted the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust case against Microsoft and represented Al Gore in the vote-counting controversy in the presidential election.

Granted, IBM has the cash to fork over, but the danger for SCO is that they also have the cash to fight this forever and drive SCO into bankruptcy. Funny, people liked to call Red Hat the next Microsoft. Looks like it really was SCO/Caldera. Thanks Slashdot.

<editorializing> You know, it's stories like this that remind me of just how full Hell is going to be. </editorializing>

UPDATE! here is some updated information on the suit:

Thanks go out to Linux Today for those three links.

J.t.Qbe comments: Not a surprising move by SCO--there were rumblings about this a few months ago, though there wasn't any indication whom they'd be suing. I should've figured they'd go for the big payoff. It's also not surprising given SCO's immense lack of market share. SCO's out for a payoff: they're either going for one last cash grab for the stockholders and execs, or else they're looking for someone to pay to shut them up.

Personally, I don't know that they really have the basis to win this. We'll have to see how it goes.

Mozilla Cache Fix

Apparently by fiddling around with so many Mozilla builds, I messed up my disk cache to the point where Mozilla would write stuff to it but be incapable of reading back from it. I dove into my .mozilla profile and nuked the Cache directory altogether. Once Mozilla restarted, the directory was recreated and everything was fine again. Clearing the cache in Mozilla wouldn't do it; I had to delete the directory.

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Happy Birthday to Me

Somehow another year has gone by in the blink of an eye. My wife and boys were very good to me this year: they gave me a DVD player, along with "Die Hard" and "True Lies". And a big box of Godiva chocolates--yumma yumma. I think I'll head off to the video store and get my free birthday video rental, and settle in later with that bottle of Old Nick's I've been saving. Dull birthday? Nah--NICE birthday.

A.T. Hun comments: And on Ash Wednesday, no less! Remember, you're always older than me. I would have thought you'd be celebrating with Salvator, but Old Nick is a fine substitute. Shalom, ya old fart!

J.t.Qbe comments: w'shalom 'alechem, young whippersnapper. I'd gladly have gone for the Salvator but, ahem, western Michigan is heavily Calvinist so Old Nick's is much easier to find. I mean, Old Nick--there's no "'s" at the end, but I'm a Michigander at heart and add "'s" to everything.

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