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10.25.08

A Hand That Feeds SCO… Intel

Posted in Finance, GNU/Linux, Hardware, Kernel, SCO at 5:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

SCO

As usual, this portion of the Saturday posts will be closed off with SCO, whose court battles with Novell continue. More interesting was actually this post about SCO’s funding prospects which, although not bright, presently may involve a bit of Intel.

Oh, one last detail. Guess who is listed as a sponsor [of SCO event]? Intel.

Yup. Look on page 5. I puzzled over that for a while. I think I have it figured out. The Intel board probably figured the FOSS community didn’t hate them enough yet for undermining OLPC.

This should do it, though. Touchdown. Way to go, guys. Way to go.

Despite deliberate destruction of OLPC and funding in SCO, Intel wants wants the world to perceive it as a GNU/Linux friend. In an age of mobility, Intel is also very scared of ARM and Apple, so earlier this week it threw some FUD at them both, later expressing regret about comments that its people had made publicly. Intel also threw some unsubstantiated FUD at NVIdia a month or two ago, only to be slammed in return (not to mention what Intel has done to AMD over the years).

Here is the slightly older post about potentially heavier investments, which SCO seemed to be harping about in spite of the York ship that had left and Stephen Norris who had seemingly lost interest.

Some of you will recall that Jeff Hunsaker said this would be perhaps one of the most significant SCOforums in history, and the earlier press release used a quotation from Stephen Norris in which Norris used the royal “we” regarding SCO, the company:

“It is important for SCO customers to understand that we are committed to provide them with world-class products and services,” said Steve Norris, Chairman of Stephen Norris Capital Partners. “SCO Tec Forum is an important opportunity for my team to get to know SCO’s customers and partners better. We have been impressed with the loyalty and commitment we have seen from SCO’s customers and partners during our due diligence, and we will reciprocate,” said Norris.

So one can’t help but wonder if there will be any news on that front. Anybody there from Stephen Norris Capital Partners? I’m sure you share my curiosity about any results from on the Middle East money-hunting safaris Darl told the bankruptcy court about last month. What? You doubt? The judge believed him. What’s wrong with you? My stars, what a bunch of cynics!

We previously wrote about Norris in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. The old stories need not be repeated, hopefully. Check out this new SCO cartoon.

“Every time you use Google, you’re using a machine running the Linux kernel.”

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5 Comments

  1. pcole said,

    October 25, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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    Intel && microsoft has left behind a legacy of treachery (OLPC). In Amapa & Bahia there are small movements, in protest, to boycott any intel based machine. Some folks even stand in front of computer stores and urge prospective buyers to choose AMD & ATI over intel & nVidia.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    October 25, 2008 at 6:05 pm

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    In Nigeria also.

    Local OEMs boycott Microsoft, Intel

    “The local Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the country may have commenced boycotting of placing orders on the Operating System (OS) dominantly supplied by the software giant, Microsoft Corporation and computer processor manufacturer, Intel Corporation offices in the country.”

    http://itrealms.blogspot.com/2007/11/local-oems-boycott-microsoft-intel.html

    Dan Gillmor reckons this may happen in China as well.

    http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv261_01_dan_gillmor_003.ogg
    http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv261_01_dan_gillmor_004.ogg
    http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv261_01_dan_gillmor_005.ogg

  3. xISO_ZWT said,

    October 26, 2008 at 5:40 pm

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    IIRC China was or are sponsoring the Red Flag distro. Also the current commercialization of the “Longsoon” and other processors are going to give intel a run for the market.

    They have no qualms about protectionism unlike the politically correct US administration (We don’t practice protectionism=Let’s use foreign labor ’cause we can pay them less).

    Is there a list of these companies that are boycott-able?

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    October 26, 2008 at 5:58 pm

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    The DOJ Web site might be a good source for it. it depends on how you define justification for a boycott, though.

  5. pcole said,

    October 26, 2008 at 11:00 pm

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    I guess, perhaps, boycott would be an immutable commitment. Personally, I would refrain from financially supporting a “business” if they do not meet my criteria of business ethics (an honest day’s wages for an honest day’s work).

    If a corporation is going to make peoples’ lives miserable and take advantage of them, through monopolization, bullying, bribing elected officials, breaking set rules of conduct & standardization, I would see that as a negative, on my part, to do any business with them (buy their products or services).

    Sometimes you may not have a choice, yet with FOSS, you do. Business entities that genuinely contribute to FOSS, knowing that, if not entirely transparent, it’s the most logical choice to make. As a corporate officer I would strongly consider the response for FOSS and it’s rapidly growing installed base.

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