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IBM Alerts IDG About “Microsoft Allegedly Trying to Derail IBM by Using SCO as a Surrogate.”

"...Microsoft wished to promote SCO and its pending lawsuit against IBM and the Linux operating system. But Microsoft did not want to be seen as attacking IBM or Linux."

--Larry Goldfarb, BayStar, key investor in SCO approached by Microsoft



Summary: IBM claims that Microsoft did the unthinkable and at least one of its employees argues that Microsoft should be sued for billions after the damage it caused to GNU/Linux through lies from SCO

HIDDEN in one of the latest articles from IDG were the following statements which the author did not expand on:

IBM has been "alerting" InfoWorld this week to developments such as Oracle CEO Larry Ellison laying off more Sun employees than previously thought, and Microsoft allegedly trying to derail IBM by using SCO as a surrogate.

[...]

With its SCO-Microsoft example, IBM cited Microsoft-backed SCO's failed attempt to get control over Unix from Novell, an effort that impacted IBM. A judge this week ruled in favor of Novell.


See what we wrote about Novell's role. This took too long to finish [1, 2]. IBM should subpoena SCO and if more of the necessary evidence is found, it should sue Microsoft for billions. That's what some IBM employees have been saying (although not on the record). Does anyone still think that Microsoft has changed its ways?

"[Microsoft's] Mr. Emerson and I discussed a variety of investment structures wherein Microsoft would 'backstop,' or guarantee in some way, BayStar's investment.... Microsoft assured me that it would in some way guarantee BayStar's investment in SCO."

--Larry Goldfarb



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