This week's most amusing development in the SCO case is the announcement
that Microsoft, that great purveyor of Unix products, has agreed to buy a
Unix license from SCO. The amount of money involved has not been
disclosed, but there are reports
that Microsoft is paying between $10 and $20 million.
It is surely coincidental that SCO predicted
that licensing revenue would be $10 million this quarter. That is,
incidentally, almost half the revenue that the company was expecting over
There has been no end of speculation regarding Microsoft's motivation for
funneling that much money into SCO. It all remains just that, however:
speculation. We may find out what is really going on eventually, but it
will take a while.
The community's attitude toward SCO and its lawsuit remains scornful (at
least). It is a matter of faith that SCO's claims are without merit. That
faith will probably prove to be justified, but one might wonder about what
might happen if SCO turns out to have a point. LWN's standalone article on
the topic (reprinted below) was criticized by some as obvious and/or naive,
but the question, we believe, deserves a bit more thought than it is
receiving. Even if SCO's case turns out to be no more than the hollow,
baseless slander that it appears to be, the free software community remains
vulnerable to injections of proprietary code.
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