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The Register: Microsoft and Caldera - dispelling the myths

Feb 29, 2000, 16:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graham Lea)

"The first [myth] is that Caldera Systems - the one that filed for the IPO - is closely-related to Caldera Inc, the winner of the settlement from Microsoft. Not only did Caldera Systems not know about the settlement in advance, as luck would have it, the announcement of its IPO - which had been in preparation for months - was planned for the day that Caldera Inc happened to announce the settlement."

"...the next myth: Ray Noorda was not the prime mover in bringing the case against Microsoft. The person Microsoft must thank for the opportunity to put right the wrongs it inflicted on DR-DOS is Sparks. Noorda wanted to remove his name from the lawsuit, so that he too could concentrate on his work of supporting start-ups. This was an important reason for his changing the name of the trust he established (the Noorda Family Trust) to the Canopy Group. So nearly all the Microsoft settlement money has ended up with Canopy, with some for the lawyers of course."

"We'll be watching Novell's accounts carefully too, because as part of its deal to sell DR-DOS to Caldera, for which it received $400,000, it also retained an interest in any award or settlement of the case, but we do not yet know how much."

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