Unisys (was Re: [linux-elitists] [SCO] Royce & Associates?)
Karsten M. Self
Wed Oct 8 14:22:09 PDT 2003
on Wed, Oct 08, 2003 at 11:45:56AM -0700, Don Marti (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> begin Jonathan Corbet quotation of Wed, Oct 08, 2003 at 12:17:54PM -0600:
> > Google is not tremendously helpful in this case; they appear to be a
> > "micro-cap" mutual fund manager; they are owned by "Legg Mason." Anybody
> > know any more which might give some insight into why they bought so much of
> > this stock?
> Here's the man in charge of one Royce & Associates fund -- Jonathan
> Cohen. He has 5% of his assets in SCO (and 2.6% in Unisys!)
Interesting. I've had my finger on Unisys for a while, and have
mentioned them to several people in private, though not in public
- They're a largely fallen, former mainframe vendor (well, several:
Sperry Rand + Burroughs, merged 1986). Currently trading at roughly
half the 1986 post-merger price.
- They've had run-ins with the free software crowd in the past (GIF
LWZ patent patents).
- They've been a Microsoft toady for years. Current products tend to
be high-end, partitionable x86 multi-CPU systems, principly aimed at
running multiple instances of WinNT or successor OSs.
- They tipped their hand majorly in the "We Have The Way Out" campaign
I see Unisys as another Wang: a company slowly depleting its assets,
beholden to Microsoft, and ultimately a proxy to be sacrificed in the
battle against free software by Microsoft. Keep 'em in your sights.
Should've stuck with typewriters.
Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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