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S2's CEO, strategic consultant Mike Andererer - author of the infamous memo of October 12, 2003 to Chris Sontag, Vice-President and GM of SCOsource, copied to SCO Group CFO Bob Bench - has emerged from the shadows to share with readers of NewsForge his thoughts on the whole episode. Here is how Perens characterized the leaked memo: The e-mail details how, surprise surprise, Microsoft has arranged virtually all of SCO's financing, hiding behind intermediaries like Baystar Capital. SCO spokesperson Blake Stowell has admitted that the email is real, but called its implications a "misunderstanding", while Microsoft softly called them "not accurate". We'd hear stronger denials if there wasn't some truth there. This was followed by a comment from the the Securities and Exchange Commission that, yeah, they're interested. Mr. Anderer, expect to see lots of subpoenas with yo... (more)

Schwartz: "Developers Don't Buy Things, They Join Things"

"Developers don't buy things, they join things," notes Sun's president and COO Jonathan Schwartz in his first blog of the new year. Admitting that he swiped this observation from a fellow software exec, Schwartz continues: "[A]s we enter the new year, you should expect 2005 to be one in which we place an ever heightening focus on our dialog with the community, and the developer community in particular." "One community with whom we've maintained a strong (nothing's ever perfect) dialog over the past few years," he adds, "is the Java developer community. It's vibrant and thriving, n... (more)

Linus's OSDL Venturing Into Europe

The Portland, OR-based Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), current home of Linux creator Linus Torvalds,  has announced the the opening of a European office in Luxembourg, and the appointment of Claude Beullens as director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Beullens brings nearly 30 years of experience in enterprise computing, sales and marketing to lead OSDL’s efforts and initiatives throughout the region.   Linus Torvalds Government interest, economic opportunity and the location of leading open source projects make Europe a "strategic priority" for OSDL and ... (more)

Linux in the News

"It's amazing how well the corporate world is taking to Linux. Many are converting their enterprises from Unix. I think the biggest endorsement is coming from Wall Street firms such as Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. They trust Linux with their client's money. With respect to security, that's more impressive than even the work of the National Security Agency to secure the Linux kernel." Michael Jang, author of Mastering Red Hat Linux 9, July 30, 2003   "IBM announced today that it will build what it says will be the most powerful supercomputer ever to run on the Linux operatin... (more)

Latest "IP Enforcement Move" by SCO Raises Hackles - Novell Responds

Unusually, LinuxWorld reproduces a press release without comment. Instead we will leave the community to do the commenting, in the feedback field below. Please keep responses dignified, thank you.           UPDATE: Novell issued the following statement - also dated Dec 22, 2003: "Novell believes it owns the copyrights in UNIX, and has applied for and received copyright registrations pertaining to UNIX consistent with that position. Novell detailed the basis for its ownership position in correspondence with SCO. Copies of our correspondence, and SCO's reply, are available here. ... (more)