EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

07.18.07

Is Scalix Now ‘Infected’ with Microsoft Tax by Association? (Updated)

Posted in Deals, Europe, GNU/Linux, Novell, Scalix, Servers, UNIX, Windows, Wine, Xandros at 3:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A Linux company that joined Microsoft and its FUD crusade has just acquired another. Scalix is, as far as I can recall, a proprietary solution built on top of GNU/Linux. It has had some big business contracts recently (notably Specsavers). The bad news is that it has just been acquired by Xandros.

Xandros CEO Andy Typaldos told DesktopLinux.com that his Ottawa-based Linux desktop and server company has acquired privately owned open-source e-mail and calendaring provider Scalix under terms that were undisclosed.

Will this mean that Microsoft can collect ‘tax’ from even more products that they do not own?

Update: Perhaps we posted this news earlier than we should have. Why? Because it gets worse. Xandros seems to have gotten itself another little partnership which involves some very popular GPL-licensed software. It is software that comes ‘in contact’ with Windows.

Recall some old debates about CrossOver Office, virtualisation, and Wine. Microsoft plays the patent game against all of these because such software is sometimes considered a “Windows killer”. It obviates the need for Microsoft and gives access to some very powerful applications that otherwise require Microsoft dependencies, not just compatibility layers, APIs, or a hypervisor.

We could truly learn from UNIX here. Remember Xenix? Microsoft tried to ensure that each competitor which rivaled its own offering had some form of debt. This way, Microsoft extracts from anything bought, no matter who the seller is. Recall the antitrust videos (hint: making profit from a competitor’s revenue).

According to a new article from Reuters, Microsoft will soon face the important decision in Europe. It will happen in September this year. As far as that ruling goes, Novell did a lot of harm and did Microsoft a favour.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

5 Comments

  1. SubSónica said,

    July 18, 2007 at 4:10 am

    Gravatar

    Microsoft wants to acquire every company that can compete with their offerings (this is an old trend deep rooted in M$ behaviour and corporate culture): They cannot acquire Linux directly, but are trying hard to “zombify” every Linux company they can: Novell competes with Active Directory and has alternatives, which, in combination with Linux could provide a viable infrastructure alternative to the whole M$ IT offering: There are a number of other technologies that could enter in conflict with M$ interests and grand scheme of corporate IT world domination: for example Mono, Evolution and the plugins to connect to exchange (remember this one). That is why M$ badly wanted and had to get the pact and boy out the Novell. Xandros and Linspire are wannabee windows clones with a linux base: moreover they were easy targets, and fell rapidly inside M$ orbit.
    Now: I mentioned exchange: In many cases exchange is the biggest lock-in element in many enterprises that avoids a full migration process to FOSS, so now they are going to try and control any possible alternatives to exchange: Scalix is one, expect Zimbra getting under assault anytime soon.

  2. gpl1 said,

    July 18, 2007 at 4:49 am

    Gravatar

    Much of these companies are also under unfavorable licenses. Zimbra is under a modified MPL license (incompatible with the GPLv2 and Debian Free Software Guidelines). Of course, this also ties in with MS being interested in Novell with their systems management software Zenworks and eDirectory.

    But anyways, antitrust laws are supposed to take care of this sort of thing if it were Microsoft doing it…but instead it’s the puppet Xandros doing it.

    Also, remember that OpenXchange is excluded from the MS patent agreements with Novell (along with “Clone Products”, OO.org, etc). It’s under the GPL and a CC license. Something about this type of software must scare MS. The European Commission must have hit very close to home when it wanted interoperability with eg., Active Directory.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 18, 2007 at 5:00 am

    Gravatar

    > But anyways, antitrust laws are supposed to
    > take care of this sort of thing if it were Microsoft
    > doing it…but instead it’s the puppet Xandros doing it.

    Remember XenSource and Novell?

    http://boycottnovell.com/2007/01/04/novell-could-buy-a-virtualisation-company/

    Mind the comment from David.

    > Also, remember that OpenXchange is excluded from the MS patent
    > agreements with Novell (along with “Clone Products”, OO.org, etc).

    Just moments ago, stimulated by the breaking news from NoMachine and inspired by SubSónica, I posted an update that discusses “Clone Products”. Hopefully the links will help. Your comment, which I read after I had issued the update, seems to reaffirm that very same view.

    The use of proxies to make ‘hostile’ takeovers was discussed here several times in the past.

  4. gpl1 said,

    July 18, 2007 at 5:28 am

    Gravatar

    Just a Spelling Correction: “antirust videos” –> “antitrust videos”

  5. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 18, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Gravatar

    Thanks, I’m feeling rusty now. :-)

What Else is New


  1. China Bashing is Grounded in Fear (That They Can Simply Do Better Than the West)

    The atmosphere of hate towards China — fuelled partly by a white supremacist in the White House — is unhelpful and insulting; dignity and understanding is the way to go



  2. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, February 18, 2020



  3. FFII Press Release: Germany Can No Longer Ratify the Unitary Patent Due to Brexit and the Established AETR Case-law, says FFII

    Germany cannot ratify the current Unitary Patent due to Brexit and the established AETR case-law. The ratification of the UPC (Unified Patent Court) by Germany would constitute a violation of the AETR case-law, which was used during the EPLA negotiations in 2006 to consider a deal with non-EU countries, such as Switzerland.



  4. DRM (Proprietary Software) Already Makes Mozilla Firefox Broken, Unreliable, Undependable (Dependent on Binary Blobs)

    More people are beginning to realise that Mozilla resorted to self-harming DRM and self-inflicted damage that impacts Firefox; can Mozilla (re)join the anti-DRM coalitions?



  5. EPO and Other Patent Updates Over RSS

    Site syndication (over RSS feeds or XML/Atom) is vastly better than what became popular in recent years (censored, centralised, discriminatory "Social Control Media"); here are some feeds of interest



  6. When It Comes to a Unitary Patent System, Bad (or Intentionally Dishonest) Legal Advice Has Become the Norm

    The Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent (UPC and UP, respectively) reinforce the old saying about lawyers being liars, doing anything to attract clients (to take their money); the UPC is basically dead, but fiction, falsehoods and outrageous fantasies still find their way into Web sites of law firms



  7. Links 19/2/2020: KDE Plasma 5.18.1, GNOME 3.36 Beta 2 and WordPress 5.4 Beta 2

    Links for the day



  8. Is Linux Foundation a Microsoft Branch Now?

    The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation (LF) nowadays helps Microsoft cement its monopoly — the very opposite of what ages ago it said the LF would do



  9. Are Songs Property? And Maths Also Property? Artificial Monopolies Are Not Property...

    Patent maximalists continue to face stronger arguments from their sceptics, who rightly allege that words are being intentionally misused and numbers fabricated so as to distort underlying facts



  10. Battistelli Blocked Techrights at EPO (Banned for More Than 5 Years), So CEIPI Won't Respect Access to Information Either

    The use of censorship to confront people who talk about (not even expose) corruption isn't novel; but the adoption of this approach in Europe (not just places like Russia and China) is definitely noteworthy



  11. IRC Proceedings: Monday, February 17, 2020

    IRC logs for Monday, February 17, 2020



  12. Links 18/2/2020: Linux 5.6 RC2, Wine 5.2, GNU Social Contract and Sparky 2020.02 Special Editions

    Links for the day



  13. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, February 16, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, February 16, 2020



  14. Links 16/2/2020: MX Linux 19.1 and MyPaint 2.0

    Links for the day



  15. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, February 15, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, February 15, 2020



  16. Guest Article: Au Revoir, GNU/Linux

    "Funny how OSI just ended up being another vehicle for their takeover of the computing world..."



  17. Former Microsoft Employee: ZDNet is Owned by Microsoft (and Others) in Some Senses

    A noteworthy message we've received from someone who knows Microsoft from the inside



  18. Links 15/2/2020: Blender 2.82, Qt 5.15 Alpha and NetBSD 9.0 Released

    Links for the day



  19. Microsoft Views 'Open Source' as a Zero-Cost Heist Opportunity (Making Proprietary Software/Spyware Using Other People's Free Labour)

    Making GPL-licensed (copyleft) software and hosting it outside Microsoft’s jaws is the best way to counter the abusive monopolist, which still says it “loves” what it is actually attacking



  20. Did Microsoft 'Buy' ZDNet?

    A look at what ZDNet tells its readers (screenshot from this morning) and a rare look at how its writers are censored/suppressed



  21. Anatomy of a Crime and Protection From Prosecution

    It’s hard to forget what António Campinos hides for his friend



  22. Today's EPO is a Fraud Managed by Frauds

    Beneath the scandals associated with systematic abuse against staff, union-busting (silencing whistleblowers) and en masse granting of invalid patents — the hallmark of grotesque maladministration — lie a bunch of even greater crimes



  23. IRC Proceedings: Friday, February 14, 2020

    IRC logs for Friday, February 14, 2020



  24. One Need Only Look at ZDNet's 'Linux' Section to Understand It's a Microsoft Propaganda Operation

    A timely new snapshot (or screenshot) that demonstrates what ZDNet became after hiring Microsoft employees as ‘journalists’ and censoring on behalf of Microsoft, defaming Free software figures and so on



  25. Links 14/2/2020: New Release of KStars, OpenSSH 8.2, Rhythmbox 3.4.4, Flatpak 1.6.2

    Links for the day



  26. The Uselessness of Social Control Media and Why We Need RSS Feeds' Resurgence More Than Ever

    Social control media became pure noise or misinformation, usually in pursuit of financial expansion alone, and it is also a censorship machine which discourages not falsehoods but unconventional thinking



  27. Another New 'Clown' for the UPC 'Circus'

    A former writer of IPPro Magazine (which seems to be defunct now) reports another shuffle -- perhaps the fifth in a few years -- of "IP" [sic] Minister for the UK; it doesn't bode well for the Unified Patent Court (UPC)



  28. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, February 13, 2020

    IRC logs for Thursday, February 13, 2020



  29. Links 13/2/2020: Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS, Septor 2020, Endless OS 3.7.7, Wayland 1.18.0, KDE Plasma 5.18 and GTK 3.98 Released

    Links for the day



  30. The Microsoft Propaganda Model

    Classic new examples (real screenshots) of how Microsoft-funded media entraps people looking for information about "Linux" to actually push Microsoft talking points and marketing, cover-up, face-saving lies etc.


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts