Correction WRT licensing (was Re: [linux-elitists] "Microsoft to license Unix code")

Karsten M. Self
Tue May 20 15:37:07 PDT 2003

on Mon, May 19, 2003 at 07:31:18PM +0100, Karsten M. Self ( wrote:
> on Mon, May 19, 2003 at 06:11:35PM +1000, Jeff Waugh ( wrote:
> > So,
> > 
> > I don't think this changes much, but it's an interesting data point. Well,
> > apart from being good media fodder for SCO and MS.
> > 
> >,2000048630,20274643,00.htm
> Anyone got a dollar figure on that deal?  I seem to recall $200m, but
> don't see that anywhere.
> Some speculation has been that IBM could extend this case out five years
> or more, well beyond the limits of SCO's current burn rate.  I believe
> this was in the "ESR to join IBM in SCO fight" article posted to Linux
> and Main...which appears to have been pulled now.
> If Microsoft has paid $200m, this provides SCO with roughly five years
> revenues at current burn rates, or enough to extend this fight into the
> forseable future.  At least through the Longhorn release.

Seattle P-I, in an otherwise execrable article ("Unix, a faded rival" to
Windows...), informs us that the deal is valued at $10-20m.  Less than
I'd indicated above, but still substantial compared with SCO's recent

I'd suggest a cluestick squad be dispatched to Dan Richman:
    Phone contact listed with article.


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