Here's what Maureen O'Gara writes, in full - courtesy of Linux Business Week
"In a surprise move IBM should be interested in, BayStar Capital and some
other still-unidentified institutions have put 50 million bucks in the SCO
Group for a 17.5% position.
Together with what SCO already had in the bank, the investment puts $61
million at its disposal, suggesting that the Linux contingent will have it to
kick around a while longer.
SCO CEO Darl McBride said the company wasn't shopping for an investment, but
got four or five offers during road shows taken to Wall Street. Meanwhile,
the company, whose future looked pretty bleak only six months ago when just
$4 million stood between it and the poor house, is now accreting cash.
McBride, who said he was personally spending a couple of days a week on SCO's
IP interests, claimed that big company Linux users were writing checks f... (more)
A piece of juicy compromising e-mail written by a SCO consultant to SCOsource
VP Chris Sontag and SCO CFO Bob Bench last October suggesting that Microsoft
had quietly funneled $86 million to SCO and that it was good for at least
$106 million before tapping all possibilities happened to turn up on open
source philosopher Eric Raymond's web site Thursday.
Eric made it part of his Microsoft-embarrassing internal documents collection
and dubbed it Halloween X. (See www.opensource.org.)
He says he got it from an "anonymous whistleblower inside SCO," which is odd
because, given the tim... (more)
China's Communist government has reportedly poured upwards of $50 million
into the Red Flag Software Company to make it into the "Microsoft of China"
and establish a national Linux standard so China could get out from under
Nearly four years into the adventure and Red Flag, which has never made
money, has only managed to capture 25% of the local Linux market, thanks
mainly to its captive business with certain government agencies. Market
leadership belongs to Turbolinux, which by Red Flag's count owns 40% of the
market, according to US sources close to the Chine... (more)
In the latest episode of the SCO-IBM imbroglio SCO asked the court to cut
IBM's patent infringement counterclaims out of the base breach-of-contract
case and deal with them separately so things don't get bogged down and
technical and confuse or prejudice the jury.
Then, for unexplained reasons, IBM dropped one of its four infringements
claims against SCO and wants SCO's copyright claims dropped from the case
"after agreeing." SCO says, "to let [it] put them in with its second amended
That was the filing in which SCO dropped its initial misappropriation of
trade secrets ... (more)
Tomorrow Google will come out from behind the Firefox browser that it's been
pumping money into - and profiting royally from - and take direct aim at
Microsoft with a browser of its very own.
The widgetry is called Google Chrome and Google Chrome, like all of Google's
non-search widgetry, will be a beta.
Presumably that means it's going to be like Google's apps and be interminably
in beta since Google's own blog says the timing is, well, "a bit early."
Anyway, Google says Chrome will initially run only on Windows. ... (more)