InformationWeek: Microsoft And SCO Group: What's So Secret?
Mar 10, 2004, 16:37 (7 Talkback[s])
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"The conspiracy theory gained what seemed like a shred of
evidence when Eric Raymond, the outspoken open-source advocate who
sometimes uses satire to make his points, got his hands on a leaked
E-mail message that, interpreted a certain way, implicates
Microsoft in a money-making scheme for SCO. It seems to imply--and
I say 'seems' because the E-mail message in question is anything
but clear and comprehensive--that Microsoft had a role last October
in engineering a $50 million investment in SCO that was led by
BayStar Capital. SCO, in fact, acknowledged the authenticity of the
message, but it described the contents as 'a misunderstanding' by
its author, an outside consultant. Microsoft, meanwhile, put out a
statement describing Raymond's analysis as 'inaccurate' and denying
any ties to BayStar.
"But Microsoft is attempting to put out this fire--or mostly
smoke so far--with a squirt gun. What's really needed is a clear,
unequivocal explanation of the nature of the company's relationship
with SCO. As you may recall, SCO revealed last May that Microsoft
had signed a contract to license some of its Unix code for an
undisclosed amount. A few months later, Microsoft signed an
extension to that original agreement that included additional
technology and usage rights. The second deal was not disclosed by
either company. Together, the deals were worth about $16.6 million,
a significant 21% of SCO's total revenue in fiscal 2003..."
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