Return of the Undead: SCO Still Lives to be the Scourge of the Earth

March 6, 2008

Now that SCO has had $100 million injected into it by a new sucker, it’s raring to strike back again at IBM and Novell. It will appeal the decision made by the court against it. It had tried to claim that Linux infringed on its copyright but was unable to show the court which lines of code in Linux corresponded with those from its Unix source. Later on, when it tried to take on Novell as well, Novell proved that SCO didn’t even own the copyright to Unix in the first place.

In the end, instead of winning a billion dollars from the lawsuit for their claim that IBM did not respect their intellectual property, it was found that they owed millions of dollars to Novell for not respecting Novell’s intellectual property.

SCO returns to the scene without its Head Vampire CEO Darl McBride, but I’m sure substitutes of such (low) caliber are not difficult to find in the underworld company. As they and their latest victim investor work together, I am sure they can manage to lose a few more million dollars.

Filed in Outraged, News, Linux.


A Sucker is Born Every Day: More Money for SCO

February 17, 2008

It looks like SCO has found itself a new sucker. Stephen Norris Capital Partners (SNCP) has injected $100 million into SCO in order to finance more lawsuits and litigation. I’m not kidding. They want to see SCO’s legal claims pursued to their full conclusion.

Will stupidity and injustice never end? I mean, SCO has already lost its lawsuits against Novell and IBM, after claiming that Linux infringed its copyright. They were unable to produce any evidence at all, and when asked, just hemmed and hawed their way through every filing. I hope that Novell and IBM are prepared for this, and are ready to sink SNCP into bankruptcy as well.

Filed in Outraged, News, Linux, Opinion.

Linux Moves into Schools in Philippines and Why It’s Good

January 29, 2008

23,000 Linux PCs have just been deployed in schools in Philippines. This is great news. I’m hoping that the momentum continues and that Microsoft does not somehow pay (is “bribe” the right word here?) their way into reversing this somehow.

I think it’s important that Linux becomes a real threat to Windows. When MSDOS was in its heyday, with no competitors, it stagnated. But along came DR-DOS 5, and instantly, development in MS-DOS restarted again, with useful improvements that advanced the OS significantly. Without Linux as a threat, the only OSes we’ll get from Microsoft are things like Vista. Resource hog, incompatibility and massive DRM riddled into the system. We need Linux, not only for itself, but also to improve the state of OSes all round.

But of course, ideally, Linux replaces Windows. But I don’t think this will happen soon, unless Microsoft continues their blunders and Linux actually gets some third-party applications and commercial software developed for it.

Filed in Opinion, News, Linux.

Dating from the Command Line Lens of a Unix Geek

January 22, 2008

Unix shell commands have always been known for their terse syntax. But if you string together a few Unix shell commands, it is possible for you to form a command line description of a dating relationship (of the boy-girl kind, not the carbon dating kind).

who && gawk && uname && talk && date && wine && touch && unzip && strip && touch && finger && head && mount && fsck && more && yes; yes; more; yes; umount && make clean && sleep

Disclaimer: These are just commands commonly found in Unix systems. Anything you read into this is purely in your mind.

(For the non-Unix users, you can find the manual page for each of these commands by searching on Google. For example, to find what the “gawk” command does, search for “gawk man page”.)

Adapted from Command Life Partner Wanted.

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