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SCO Relies On IBM-donated Servers With Groklaw 100

Technician writes "It appears that SCO and Groklaw have the exact same tie to IBM: the ibiblio service. 'An eagle-eyed Groklaw ninja, sk43, has spotted an ftp site where you can get binary copies of Linux libraries needed by SCO's OpenServer and UnixWare customers who use lxrun. But you can't get the source code from that ftp site. SCO directs their customers to .... Why bless my stars, is the old name for what is now ibiblio!'"
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SCO Relies On IBM-donated Servers With Groklaw

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  • Well actually ... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 09, 2007 @06:42AM (#18661125)
    I would say IBM has bet the farm on Linux. Otherwise, the case might have been over long ago.

    As far as anyone can tell, SCO brought the suit in hopes that IBM would buy them to shut them up. A few people would have made a lot of money and they could move along to the next scam. The trouble was that IBM, having bet the aforementioned farm, needed Linux to be unencumbered by any taint of anyone else's IP. So, IBM has defended Linux vigorously and when it's all over nobody will doubt that Linux is as pure as the driven snow. As Machiavelli pointed out, you don't send half your army into a battle that will determine your whole fate.

    So, no, it's not just drama.
  • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Monday April 09, 2007 @07:41AM (#18661333) Homepage Journal

    Exhibit 15 and 16 as offered by SCO are about Ibiblio supporting Groklaw. This isn't just about an Information week article - this is evidence SCO is offering to the court.

    You pay peanuts, you get lawyers who throw monkey shit at the judge.
  • by Eevee ( 535658 ) on Monday April 09, 2007 @08:20AM (#18661523)

    Except they aren't paying peanuts.

    SCO didn't just pick some random lawyers out of the phone book. One of the firms has Kevin McBride as a partner. Last name sound familiar? Kevin is the brother of SCO's CEO Darl McBride. In my paranoid (yet possibly true) ravings, part of SCO's plan has alway been to funnel part of the money to their friends and relatives in these law firms. Grab as much as they can for themselves, send the rest to friends as legal fees, and leave as little as possible for the damages that they'll be forced to pay once the farce is over.

    On the other hand, this monkey shit is exactly what the lawyers are getting paid for. Not to win the case, not even to make valid legal point--only to draw the case out as long as possible. SCO isn't trying to win, just to get more money out of the market. (Does Microsoft pay "licensing fees" based on how long SCO keeps up the FUD about the legality of OSS?)

  • by sjames ( 1099 ) on Monday April 09, 2007 @01:28PM (#18665289) Homepage Journal

    That and IBM is well aware that if you pay extortionists, they or others like them will be back for more. When (not if) SCO goes down in flames for their lame play at IBM, they'll serve as an example for others.

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.