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My memory had LinuxOne scam being revealed quickly.

My memory had LinuxOne scam being revealed quickly.

Posted Jan 17, 2008 0:13 UTC (Thu) by TxtEdMacs (guest, #5983)
Parent article: Ten-year timeline, part 2: the bubble days

Or perhaps the world moved at a more relaxed pace then.  Nonetheless, the unraveling of the
scam seemed extremely swift.  I was in awe at how rapidly those that researched the firm bared
its tawdry essence.  It soon seemed common knowledge, even among the denser of the investor
class.  It was remarkable how this group of researchers educated the public so quickly.  In
contrast it took ages to deflate the SCO fiasco.


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My memory had LinuxOne scam being revealed quickly.

Posted Jan 17, 2008 3:11 UTC (Thu) by xoddam (subscriber, #2322) [Link]

> In contrast it took ages to deflate the SCO fiasco.

That would be because the US legal system takes pains to be seen to be 
impartial.  LinuxOne wasn't the "little guy" plaintiff against a very 
large corporation in a legal case, it was merely seeking investment cash.  
It was tried in the court of public opinion and by potential investors 
doing due diligence -- these processes are faster than the courts.

My memory had LinuxOne scam being revealed quickly.

Posted Jan 17, 2008 12:07 UTC (Thu) by ekj (guest, #1524) [Link]

It would be because of the legal system, but not because of anything that can reasonably be
attributed to being particularily impartial.

It is flat out outrageous and ridicolous that one can make concrete, verifiable claims for a
court, and then proceed to stall for like a decade when prompted to provide any evidence
whatsoever.

To the contrary: the process guarantees that the system is -not- impartial, but favors those
with deep pockets. It's not much comfort to you that you -may- win in 7 years if the problem
in question is going to bankrupt you in 3.

Not a problem in this -particular- case, since SCO, clearly the agressor, is also the one with
the least deep pockets. But often enough it's the other way around.

My memory had LinuxOne scam being revealed quickly.

Posted Jan 22, 2008 3:30 UTC (Tue) by louie (subscriber, #3285) [Link]

I'm also pretty sure that in this case it is because IBM wants to salt SCO's earth, and make a
statement that one Does Not Fuck With Us. Doing that most properly means doing it slowly and
painfully.

My memory had LinuxOne scam being revealed quickly.

Posted Jan 22, 2008 5:42 UTC (Tue) by bronson (subscriber, #4806) [Link]

There is no way IBM legal's plan of attack involved "slowly and painfully."  IBM is a
busniness, not an inner city gang.

My memory had LinuxOne scam being revealed quickly.

Posted Jan 17, 2008 22:18 UTC (Thu) by rickmoen (subscriber, #6943) [Link]

TxtEdMacs, that would be me.

I was chief system administrator at a then-well-known open source firm, and kept hearing from one of our sales force about how promising LinuxOne and its new distribution was. He had one of their sample CDs, so I looked through it, researched the company, kept finding slightly odd things and so kept digging. By the following day, I had enough for a carefully factual post about the firm to Silicon Valley Linux User Group's main discussion e-mail list -- which got me separate invitations from The Register and IDG (linuxworld.com) to write full articles. After verifying that they were OK with my doing both pieces, I did a write-up (in IDG's case, in collaboration with one of their staff writers whose double-checking of facts was invaluable).

The full story thus came out in a few days, and it gave me no pleasure to write it. If I recall correctly, the firm changed its business model, but then disappeared fairly soon thereafter.

Rick Moen
rick@linuxmafia.com

My memory had LinuxOne scam being revealed quickly.

Posted Jan 17, 2008 22:26 UTC (Thu) by corbet (editor, #1) [Link]

The LinuxOne thing persisted into at least February - they had a booth at LinuxWorld NY. They wandered over to the SUSE booth at one point and put SUSE on notice that it was an acquisition target once the IPO went through. I also had a conversation with an underwriter during that time about the company's prospects. All told, the LinuxOne story took a good six months to run its full course.

Much like SCO, LinuxOne's nature was almost immediately obvious to the sort of people who read LWN. People who did not understand Linux were much slower to figure the whole thing out.


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