I see that most Linux folks are very surprised by the announcement that Stephen Norris Capital Partners
(link dead, sorry)
pump money into the dying patient in the hope of resuscitation. Actually, I'm not surprised: SCO's assets do have value and if
handled correctly they still could have a place at the table.
It's a long shot though, and the chances of a company that hasn't made many intelligent decisions ever suddenly turning around seem small. This is a company that has been tripping over its own feet for decades, blissfully unaware of the opportunities the marketplace offered them and in fact seemingly working hard to destroy those opportunities.
Of course there's a Newsgroup thread about this where the few remaining SCO supporters see this announcement as hopeful and both the SCO haters and the realists see it for what it probably is: somebody throwing away perfectly good money.
I'm actually on neither side. It won't upset me if SCO goes belly up and I won't be joyful if they rise from the ashes. I still have a few (very few) SCO clients and it would be nice for them if SCO can hang in a bit longer, but even if they do I'll still advise anyone who asks to move off this OS as quickly as you possibly can. The future may not be as I see it, but it's pretty unlikely that SCO will be any important part of it - from my perspective, they lack the vision and the intelligence to survive no matter how much money is pumped into their veins.
But hey, maybe Stephen Norris Capital Partners has a bunch of really bright people who not only are aware of what SCO has to offer but are savvy enough to bring something sharp to marketing it. I doubt it, but it's certainly possible.
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