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Dee-Ann LeBlanc

Dee-Ann LeBlanc
Aug. 21, 2003 11:21 PM

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I'm sure I'm not the only one who's fed up to the gills with the whole SCO debacle. Five years from now, I have this weird premonition that we'll be watching a movie or TV series on the drugs, booze, and backroom cash-tossing that led to one of the most ridiculous stock market scams ever.1

For a while there, I was just getting more and more annoyed about it. I have a difficult time just sitting there with such angry energy buzzing about so I decided to do something even if it might turn out to be a waste of time. Anyway, in the process of setting up a swag shop for a newsletter that I run for Lockergnome, I added a subsection for SCO and other activist topics. A portion of all proceeds from the subshop goes to Red Hat's Open Source :NOW: Fund.

What can you do to help? Spread the facts to your local newspapers and businesses. Bring copies of many articles showing up discussing Linus Torvalds' reactions and analyses, and those of Bruce Perens. Include copies of the coverage showing that SCO executives are dumping their stocks, profiting off of this insanity.

Someone told me recently that his company has put its thoughts to move to Linux on hold, and asked me if I saw any slowdowns in the Linux arena. I'm happy to say that no, I haven't. If anything, SCO's giving Linux lots of news coverage! And the more obvious slime they spew at Linux, the more Linux is validated, just as Microsoft discovered after their earlier FUD campaigns.

Microsoft is going on lately about how they will fight Linux with "rational truth." Funny, considering how much money they paid out to SCO when all of this started. What amazes me, though, is trying to figure out what's going through the heads of SCO's board of directors and executives. Do they actually think they have a case? Are they that demented?

Or are they just trying to bilk some money out of the system?

  1. This is my opinion only, and is of course not necessarily endorsed by O'Reilly & Associates. Maybe they would. I haven't asked.

Dee-Ann LeBlanc is an author, editor, course developer, and trainer who specializes in Linux.