[LINK] Microsoft backed SCO to the tune of $100 million
glen.turner at aarnet.edu.au
Sun Mar 7 14:47:09 EST 2004
On Fri, 2004-03-05 at 17:34, rick wrote:
> May be of interest to Linkers following the ongoing comedy from SCO.
> "There you have it. A hundred million funnelled from Microsoft to
> SCO, of which they have $68.5 million left. Their 10Qs reveal that
> every other line of cash inflow is statistical noise by comparison.
> The brave new SCOsource business model is now clear: sue your customers,
> shill for Microsoft, kite your stock, and pray you stay out of jail.
> Five days after this memo was written, SCO's PR chief Blake Stowell
> responded to widespread speculation that Microsoft was behind the
> Bystar deal by vehemently denying it."
Just a heads-up that many feel that Eric Raymond mis-read
the leaked document.
It might instead refer to a failed negotiation (which doesn't
make SCO look any better). This would fit with the amounts
of money SCO has disclosed to its stock exchange, the timing
of the renegotitation of the terms of the Baystar investment
(negotiations failed, so Baystar alter terms to allow then
to recover an investment which is suddenly a loser rather
than a winner), and their PR statements (as is typical with
SCO, read with an allowance for a massive application of spin).
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