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The Register: Microsoft Wins Latest Halloween PR Bout--Without Really Trying

Mar 06, 2004, 22:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Microsoft and SCO will be delighted by the reaction to Eric Raymond's latest Halloween Memo. Facing fairly incriminating evidence on the charge that both parties want to wipe out free software development, Microsoft walked free on the lesser charge of funding SCO's specific legal campaign against Linux, under the Scottish verdict of 'not proven.'

"How did this happen? It hadn't been particularly good week for SCO. The company promised, and promised again to unveil a major customer for its Intellectual Property License. Computer Associates was eventually cited, an impressive name indeed. But it turned that CA hadn't purchased SCO's new IP license at all, but bought some UnixWare licenses from the Canopy Group. Indemnity by other means, yes, but it was 'totally wrong' for SCO to represent this as legitimizing the IP License..."

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