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SCO and the thirty (million) pieces of silver.

Discussion in 'Alley of Dangerous Angles' started by Ahrontil, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. Ahrontil Gems: 8/31
    Latest gem: Skydrop

    May 26, 2003
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    To quote myself from an Alley post on the 18th Sept 2003;

    It now seems that a leaked memo (12th Oct 03) from S2, a consulting firm, has surfaced (3rd Mar 04) that details the alleged warchest and $5 million dollar payoffs that SCO execs are receiving from Microsoft for their hell-raising activities in the Linux marketplace.

    The memo (wif notef and annotations by Eric Raymond, author of the seminal work 'The Cathedral and the Bazaar') is to be found here, amongst the bitter-sweet Halloween Documents on the Open Source(tm) site.

    Why should this concern gamers?

    The internet (including email) runs on Linux servers. If companies choose to use the MS servers instead of Linux ones, then the cost of internet access rises. The hosting of game sites will be come prohibitively expensive, and the the world will end in an almost silent implosion with only the mad laughter of MS execs to be heard ringing out from amongst the destruction. (I made that last bit up but the rest is genuine and is currently in the news).
  2. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

    Jun 11, 2000
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    The problem with Windows is not as much the issue of price, but that really serious security holes keep popping up all the time. While an admin of a Linux server needs to patch things up every once in a while, if you're running a Windows server, you need to be on the lookout for the next critical patch literally every day. While this has improved a bit with the latest Windows server releases, it's still a pretty common feeling among admins that is not likely to go away soon.

    As for that whole thing being plotted by M$, I really wouldn't be surprised. There have been several leaked internal MicroSoft memos which go into detail about how Linux is the biggest threat to MicroSoft and has to be attacked with everything they can muster.
  3. Mithrantir Gems: 15/31
    Latest gem: Waterstar

    Feb 25, 2003
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    And that is what is really behind SCO masterminds :rolleyes: , more money in the long term.
    Since even and not free, Linux will be more preferable than any Microsoft system for years to come. But finally Linux will die. Since it main advantage the tremendous feedback it has, will vanish like a dream.
    It's a shame what people do for money. :(
  4. ejsmith Gems: 25/31
    Latest gem: Moonbar

    Oct 6, 2001
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    It's not like this is surpising behavior from msft or anything. They haven't gotten this far by *****footing around; they go in with archers and rogues, not paladins and barbarians.

    If you've ever watched the movies "Alien" or "Aliens", this is what they were talking about. One single, massive Company. The Company. There are other companies, but none of them even remotely matter.

    I'm not joking. I'm not even blowing it out of proportion. This is the final goal of msft. To be the One Company. No different than AT&T back in the 60's. Deciding when and where the R&D would have funding.

    It is a balance in and of itself, however distasteful it might seem to some...
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