[linux-elitists] Info on SCO Lawsuit

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Thu May 29 11:31:45 PDT 2003

on Thu, May 29, 2003 at 06:12:37AM -0700, Larry M. Augustin (lma@lmaugustin.com) wrote:
> >Jonathan Corbet on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 5:34 PM wrote:
> >...
> >What might we all be missing here?  What's going on that we're not seeing?
> >Don's "third-hand information" explanation could well prove sufficient,
> >I've not seen a better one.  But all this still makes me nervous.
> What's the downside for SCO?  Nothing.  They have nothing to lose.  What are
> people going to do, stop buying their products?  People were already doing
> that before the lawsuit.
> The most dangerous opponent in any endeavor, business included, is one who
> has nothing to lose.  Their actions are not rational because they have
> nothing to lose.  OTOH, the potential upside is huge.

The curious part really is the number of firms with nothing to lose who
end up tilting at windmills in a way that's surprisingly beneficial to
Microsoft.  Wang and its patent suit against Netscape comes to mind, I
believe there are others though I'm presently blanking.

It would be awfully nice to find the strings to the puppetmaster rather
than obsessing over the actions of the puppet.


Karsten M. Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com>        http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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