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SCO to Unix developers, We want you back

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the buying-friends dept.

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NoGuffCheck writes "CRN is reporting that Darl McBride is looking to get Unix developers back onboard with cash incentives for completing training in SCO's new mobile application kit; EdgeBuilder. It doesn't stop there; there's a 12-cylinder BMW or $100,000 dollars for the development of the best wireless application."

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Ah, but there's a catch... (5, Funny)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576339)

* All developers are required to pay their $699 SCO licensing fees at the door.

Re:Ah, but there's a catch... (5, Funny)

The Snowman (116231) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576485)

All developers are required to pay their $699 SCO licensing fees at the door.

It isn't a licensing fee. It's the price of paying the SCO lottery! For the low low price of $699, you have a chance at one of several fabulous prizes including $100k, a luxury car, and a night of terror on Darl's private yacht complete with built-in dungeon! Fun for the whole family!

Re:Ah, but there's a catch... (5, Funny)

gbulmash (688770) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576614)

Luring a developer to code for your products: $100,000 and a BMW.
Finding out developers still hate you passionately: Priceless

- G

Re:Ah, but there's a catch... (5, Insightful)

Goblez (928516) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576650)

Hahaha, this is the truth right here. Who else read this title and thought (In the words of the great Borat) "F*#k To You". Alienate the whole *nix community, and then try to bribe them back. That'll ensure you get the 'right' people on your team.

Well . . . maybe right for SCO

hxfghgj (-1, Troll)

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Let me be the first to say (5, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576346)

BWA HA HAHA

Re:Let me be the first to say (0, Offtopic)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576400)

How is this offtopic? It's the funniest story I've ever read on /.

What a waste (4, Insightful)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576353)

This is such a waste of their time. Do they really think anyone is going to take them seriously? Sure, a few misguided folks might, but, as far as I know, SCO's reputation is now squat in the tech industry. Besides, the incentives SCO offers probably won't be enough to pay off the lawsuits that SCO will file against you before you've finished your app.

Perhaps they should create a contest for "most creative way to destroy SCO" or something like that instead. It'd be much more fun. (Although seeing who actually enters this contest might be interesting.)

Re:What a waste (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576390)

What I would like to know is why is HP & MySQL helping to finance this?!? What a way to get company blacklisted - especially a GPL project.

MySQL is sponsoring this?! WTF?! (4, Interesting)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576441)

Hmmm... on a completely cough random topic, I think I might switch from MySQL to Postgres.

HP, I could care less about (their computers are cheap, and their calculators are nothing like they used to be), but I thought that MySQL had a decent set of morals. The fact that they could maintain enterprise support while still offering an open-source version is an indication of that. (Although I believe some of the MySQL products are available only to enterprise customers, which is evil.)

Re:MySQL is sponsoring this?! WTF?! (2, Interesting)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576472)

I'm confused by this post. I just have to ask you to clarify...

Are you saying that MySQL is immoral/evil because they *gasp* charge for some things they invest time and money to develop, or is my sarcasm meter broken?

Re:MySQL is sponsoring this?! WTF?! (1)

LukeCrawford (918758) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576550)

I think the previous poster is trying to say that MySQL should know better than to associate with the likes of SCO.

Re:MySQL is sponsoring this?! WTF?! (5, Interesting)

FreeUser (11483) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576561)

HP, I could care less about (their computers are cheap, and their calculators are nothing like they used to be), but I thought that MySQL had a decent set of morals. The fact that they could maintain enterprise support while still offering an open-source version is an indication of that.

I'm confused by this post. I just have to ask you to clarify...

Are you saying that MySQL is immoral/evil because they *gasp* charge for some things they invest time and money to develop, or is my sarcasm meter broken?


No, I think he means mysql is evil because they are sponsoring SCO's disgusting attempt to buy their way out of the history books and back into mainstream corporate and technology circles. I happen to agree...MySQL is more evil than companies like HP et.al. for the very reason he cited: they are in the free software community, they know the issues, and they certainly cannot be ignorant of how Darl McBride and SCO tried to steal GNU/Linux from its creators (yes, steal, because if McBride et.al. had succeeded in their fraud, the creators of the Linux kernel, and perhaps the wider GNU community, would have been denied the right to legally use their own creations), and they've chosen to sponsor this despite that knowledge. At least a big company like HP may not have followed this (all the SCO bruhaha could be beneath their radar).

I agree that sponsoring an evil knowing its full implications is an act of greater maliciousness than sponsoring an evil in ignorance of its full implications, and MySQL certainly appears to fall in the former category.

It's a pity...I actually like their product. Time to give postgres a gander I suppose.

Re:MySQL is sponsoring this?! WTF?! (2, Interesting)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576611)

First, my major point was that any company that sponsors SCO or their activities is evil.

Second, what I was saying is that, given that MySQL's business model involves, for the most part, giving away software and selling support, and given that they've gotten a lot of help from open-source developers, I think it would be better and nicer if they gave away all of their software, and charged for support, just like they do with the MySQL database itself. I would wager that the higher-end enterprise stuff is pretty complex to configure, and most companies would be happy to pay for support instead of wandering around trying to figure it out themselves.

Re:What a waste (5, Insightful)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576394)

Dude, most people will do anything for a buck. It's why we have shitty products on the shelves, crap service at every turn, etc, etc. I'm certain SCO could score an entire division of developers within weeks if they simply offer cash money.

that doesn't mean we have to buy what SCO is selling though!

Tom

Re:What a waste (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576423)

In other words: They are up shit creek and this thing is an atempt to buy a paddle.

But seriously, developers should be staying clear of SCO, because if they can spin up a big ass lawsuit from nothing, imagine what they can do with your contract if you do business with them.

Re:What a waste (5, Funny)

malraid (592373) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576582)

SCO should make a reality show. A reality show about a company going to the ruin. Then we could get people to call in (1-900 number of course) to decide who they are going to sue next. I'm sure it'll be a hit. In fact, I'm of to the patent office right now. That's about the only way I see them making any money.

Re:What a waste (1)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576627)

That sounds absolutely awesome. We could do a whole series of SCO shows, like SCO Survivor, where the remaining employees fight each other for control of the company, and they use lawsuits as the competitions. Or SCO Idol, where viewers get to vote for the SCO lawyer with the most ridiculous claim in a lawsuit. The possibilities are endless!

monkeyboy (5, Funny)

namekuseijin (604504) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576355)

"developer, developers, developers..."

use the Ballmer mantra, Darl. you have to sweat like a pig to convince your audience...

If I'm the only developer (2, Funny)

Alien54 (180860) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576417)

do I get all the prizes?

Quick, everyone send them the programer you hate working with most .... this should improve morale appropriately for most companies out there

Re:monkeyboy (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576567)

Hopefully at some point in the future we can see him squeal like a pig...it probably won't convince anybody, but it will probably be more satisfying than watching him sweat like a pig.

Re:monkeyboy (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576625)

Ballmer is talked about so often here without telling the uninformed who he is [encyclopediaofstupid.com] , where you can coincidentally delve further into the mysterious BallmerSweat if you are so inclined. ;-)

Ring Tones? (5, Insightful)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576360)

"SCO has gone through some rocky times. It's been a real roller coast ride the last few years," McBride said. But SCO is now focused on making mobile business transactions easier to implement. Ring tones for cell phones has become a $1 billion market, McBride noted.

So they go from something meaningful to Ring Tones? That's one crazy roller coaster.

Re:Ring Tones? (5, Insightful)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576375)

I think this really shows McBride's level of understanding of the business he runs.

Re:Ring Tones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576433)

Not ring tones, a mechanism for selling things the way ring tones are sold.

It's actually an interesting topic, but I don't think a story full of screeching Groklaw fanboy zombies is the most productive place to discuss it.

Re:Ring Tones? (4, Interesting)

mackermacker (250587) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576454)

Not surprising at all... SCO is now like VRML, a technology that was always looking for a purpose, rather than technology trying to solve a purpose. It almost reminds you of this company in the year 2k in SF, Istorage I want to say? The original business model was to provide 25MB of FREE storage space that you could access anytime! BY 2002, they had become a design studio or something.

Companies have to keep rolling, so the executives can keep the money and options going.

Reminds me of... (4, Funny)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576363)

CLICK HERE and win a FREE IPOD!!!!!!!!111

Re:Reminds me of... (1)

EvilMonkeySlayer (826044) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576556)

I keep clicking but nothing happens, this is deceptive!

Check the BMW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576366)

They've probably sewn CD-ROMS full of source code in to the headliner of the car. If they're going to trial in 2007 they're going to need to produce some evidence pretty sharpish.

12 Cylinders? RTFA. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576369)

RTFA. The article says 10 cylinders -- not 12. That's probably the svelte M5.

20% extra for the lawyers. (3, Funny)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576436)

You need more cylinders to pull the extra dead weight

Re:12 Cylinders? RTFA. (1)

Monokeros (200892) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576477)

Could be the M6
And the M6 is closer to the alternative $100,000 prize option. (Article says 10-cyl. BMW or $100,000)

For $100,000 (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576370)

You can almost buy the company with that nowadays can't you?

Re:For $100,000 (2, Insightful)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576563)

Not even close. You would have to buy out MS's and Sun's share. And I do not think that you can afford that.

UNIX Developers to SCO (4, Funny)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576377)

Bite me!

Unix developers to SCO:Suck it (4, Funny)

turbosk (73287) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576385)

A pox on any and all who would sign on to duh-arl's 2-bit shakedown fart of a company.

Re:Unix developers to SCO:Suck it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576630)

Hey! They have the patent on those two bits, I'll have you know. You need to fork over your licensing fee before you can legally call them a 2-bit company.

Those... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576389)

UNIX Developers to SCO: (5, Funny)

tokki (604363) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576391)

Go fuck yourself.

Re:UNIX Developers to SCO: (4, Funny)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576505)

Uh, it's kind of creepy thinking how this might be "informative"

Re:UNIX Developers to SCO: (3, Informative)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576553)

I think it adequately informs Daryl of the industry's opinion of him and his company.

Re:UNIX Developers to SCO: (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576586)

Agreed IFF he read the post and modded it informative. For everyone else, it should be insightful. But informative implies that some reader read it and decided "hey, I'm informed!", modding it that way.

Re:UNIX Developers to SCO: (4, Funny)

ThousandStars (556222) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576599)

I guess I've been beaten to the headline inversion jokes:

UNIX Developers to SCO: We want you dead.

UNIX Developers to SCO: Lick our nuts.

UNIX Developers who are channeling Steve Ballmer to SCO: Go fuck yourself. (Throw chair)

Obligatory article nitpicks... (5, Informative)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576404)

Linux is an open-source version of Unix designed for Intel chips.

No, it's a clone of Unix, and it is no longer designed only for Intel chips. It was originally designed just for the 386, but now runs on anything, including your toaster.

SCO is now concentrating on allowing businesses to create "biztones for quick distribution of business information, tied to business applications."

What the hell is a "biztone"?! Is it some sort of ringtone for your cell phone where instead of ringing it goes, "Yeah, um, about those TPS reports..."?

mod parent up (0, Offtopic)

namekuseijin (604504) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576429)

yes, please

Re:mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576590)

Please... my karma is already Excellent, don't waste yours telling people to mod me up!

--ThinkingInBinary

Re:Obligatory article nitpicks... (1, Offtopic)

bradkittenbrink (608877) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576478)

You got further than I did... I took one look at this and closed the tab:
Trying to become known as something other than the company that sued prominent users of Linux, SCO is offering cash and cars to developers who use its tool kit to produce the wireless applications. The SCO Group is trying to become something other than the company that sued prominent users of Linux.

Re:Obligatory article nitpicks... (3, Insightful)

EvanED (569694) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576517)

I think that if they want to be known as something other than the one who sued prominent Linux users they should DROP THEIR CLAIMS AGAINST LINUX! If you want to be known as something other than the company that sued prominent users of Linux, it might be helpful to not sue them. That way they can be known as something other than the company that sued prominent users of Linux.

Re:Obligatory article nitpicks... (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576603)

I doubt that they can drop their claims. The fact that they were(or are) funded by MS and Sun is an indication that they have to continue the harassment. At this time, if they drop it, there is no chance that the industry will forget it. Bad news/actions tends to follow you around. In addition, I suspect that MS/Sun have something over them for punishment if they fail to meet certain time goals.

Re:Obligatory article nitpicks... (2, Funny)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576589)

instead of ringing it goes, "Yeah, um, about those TPS reports..."?

You did get the memo, right?

Re:Obligatory article nitpicks... (1)

vmisev (677976) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576661)

Linux is an open-source version of Unix designed for Intel chips.
No, it's a clone of Unix, and it is no longer designed only for Intel chips. It was originally designed just for the 386, but now runs on anything, including your toaster.
nope, in the moment only netbsd runs on toaster: here [theinquirer.net] and here [netbsd.org]
linux is runing in the toaster oven: [k12.or.us]

I think somebody should go for it (2, Funny)

TLouden (677335) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576410)

...and then give most of the money to the FOSS community. In fact, why not use that community to fund itself using this bounty?

Re:I think somebody should go for it (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576574)

They want to pay you to write something for them, not the world. An SCO employee releasing their source/SCO's "intellectual property" may well get you fired and sued.

They're prepping for the shareholder lawsuit (5, Interesting)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576413)

It is inevitable that there will be a shareholder lawsuit as SCO makes its final circles around the drain before bankruptcy or liquidation. Darth Darl needs to make it look like he made his best effort at keeping the company afloat to have a chance of keeping all of his money.

Lost trust (5, Interesting)

theonetruekeebler (60888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576418)

I don't think they will be able to find enough developers that will trust them. They're already trying to steal the work of countless others, the sentiment goes, why would we try to do business with them again?

This is why their former customers are not going to be future customers, unless they're badly locked in on some 3rd party software. And non-customers will never become customers. Who wants to do business with somebody who'll sue you for moving to a competitor's product? It's like getting divorced from a gold-digger.

Re:Lost trust (1)

keesh (202812) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576558)

How many developers do you think are really aware of the issues? There're plenty that aren't.

Re:Lost trust (2, Interesting)

gihan_ripper (785510) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576617)

I'm sure there are plenty of less-than-ethical developers who wouldn't scoff at the potential of a BMW (note the article says 10-cyclinder whereas the summary says 12-cylinder) or the $100,000. Developers don't own their work, so the question of stealing work becomes irrelevant. The relevant question is whether an SCO manager will just give the cash prize to his nephew.

To reiterate: developers aren't clients so the trust question doesn't arise, or at least takes a different form.

BMW? (0, Troll)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576421)

Bleah. Do I get a security blankie with that?

Make it a 2007 Shelby Cobra GT500 and you might spark my interest. Oh, wait, I already make way more than enough to buy one myself. Never mind, Duhrl.

How about (1)

jzuska (65827) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576422)

How about no. You piss off the whole community and then beg us for help. Bah, i'll do it, just make me CEO.

(so I can fold the company)

Look in house first! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576428)

Maybe he should check to see if his lawyers are any good at writing code.

Prisoners dilemma (4, Interesting)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576440)

Sounds like a versio of the prisoners dilemma http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/prisoner-dilemma / [stanford.edu]

Except in theis case it's developers avoiding working for SCO. But the less who do, the better the chances for someone else to get the prize. So there's an incentive to break ranks. Maybe be the one and only developer.

Think of it as a lottery with your integrity against winning a fast car.

Re:Prisoners dilemma (3, Interesting)

dbc001 (541033) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576535)

taking a grand from SCO doesn't have to cost you your integrity. there's no commit to do any development is there? just go through the training. sleep through it even! or is there some fine print that i missed?

Re:Prisoners dilemma (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576601)

I'm inclined to agree. Take the money and run. But there's probably going to be fine print.

Tag suggestions (1)

goofyheadedpunk (807517) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576444)

While it's kind of cheap to suggest tags for stories I would like to suggest a few: fuckoff and no. The SCO people may never see them, but it just feels so good.

Not worth it. (4, Insightful)

moultano (714440) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576446)

100,000 dollars would certainly be nice, but I think the potential loss of my immortal soul is the dealbreaker for me.

Re:Not worth it. (2, Informative)

fish_in_the_c (577259) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576546)

what profits a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his immortal soul ;)

Re:Not worth it. (2)

fish_in_the_c (577259) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576565)

More accurately:
"For what profit has a man, if he gets all the world with the loss of his life? or what will a man give in exchange for his life?"
The book of Mathew chapter 16 verse 26 ;)

Re:Not worth it. (2, Funny)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576657)

Well, you could pick up chicks with a car like that.

Oh, wait this is Slashdot...
 

Darel sure grokked the alpha programmer psyche (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576449)

"12 cylinder BMW" as an incentive. He wants his appli written by salesMEN?

Incentives for programmers... (2, Funny)

GonzoTech (613147) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576460)

Will pay $200,000 or give the car of your choice, so long as it doesn't exceed $200,000, for someone to give the CEO of SCO a good stiff kick to the nuts.

It's a trick! (2, Insightful)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576462)

Sure sure, use their products to build your applications, and then they will give you your new shiny BMW and 100,000 bucks. And then they'll sue you for all your money and the BMW. This is just a trick, they want customers with money, so they can sue them. How do they actually get customers with money? Give them the money!

I think they need a reality check: perpetual motion is not possible in this universe.

Maybe this is just money laundering, they give you the money, write it off as expense. Then pay their lawyers by letting them to sue the people with the money and the BMWs.
They must be avoiding taxes with this somehow!

Isn't all software wireless? (1)

atomclock (950729) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576463)

"there's a 12 cylinder BMW or $100,000 dollars for the development of the best wireless application." Aren't wires a hardware issue?

Isn't that a little bit desperate?! (1)

FoaadH (983035) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576479)

I mean all you need to attract developers to use a framework is to convince them that using it is more fun and productive than using other frameworks.

SCO and a comeback (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576487)

I'm going to bet on SCO making a comeback here... why? Darl McBride, for all his other faults, could sell popsicles to eskimos. He SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE OF BUSINESS. Most of you "coder" types won't understand this, but Darl is a damn good businessman.

Darl knows how to incent people (another beemer in my collection or 100K? You bet!).

Re:SCO and a comeback (2, Insightful)

tokki (604363) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576552)

If he's such a good sales person, where are the sales? If he's "speaks the language of business", then were are the revenues? If he's so good an incentives, where are the developers? Where are the quality people?

The toughest job in tech right now must be a SCO sales person. The swear words they must have learned from cold calling...

Well... (5, Funny)

Cleon (471197) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576488)

You gotta give 'em credit. It looks like SCO is finally trying to produce something more substantial than subpoenas.

It would be wise to take advantage of this . . . (1, Interesting)

mmell (832646) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576490)

. . . opportunity. After all, consider: once SCO finally goes bankrupt (and I have little doubt that eventually, they will) their "intellectual property" (what they retain of it) will become the property of their creditors, who will almost certainly not make it commercially available. That (IIRC) will make SCO's OS de facto public domain. Those elements of SCO's OS which are not their IP will likewise almost certainly end up as either public domain or GPL'ed.

Since there are businesses out there still using SCO's products, there will be a market for professionals specifically trained and qualified to administer those products (even if only long enough to migrate to something else).

Re:It would be wise to take advantage of this . . (1)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576581)

once SCO finally goes bankrupt (and I have little doubt that eventually, they will) their "intellectual property" (what they retain of it) will become the property of their creditors, who will almost certainly not make it commercially available.


Okay, sure, I"m with you so far....


That (IIRC) will make SCO's OS de facto public domain.


That would be nice, but it's extremely unlikely. Most likely the OS will just become abandonware. For an example, look at what happened to BeOS when Be, Inc. when under. The BeOS codebase is still very much non-open-source, and was bought by Palm, who hasn't made it available to anyone.

Re:It would be wise to take advantage of this . . (2, Insightful)

cant_get_a_good_nick (172131) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576628)

Whoever bought the rights from the creditors would then retain the rights. In the current environment where you can patent "flat cylindrical device to affect forward and reverse movement" and sue anyone with a wheel, I don't think the purchaser would release to public domain. Of course, at that point, they obviously couldn't use it to wedge up Linux, so not sure what other use it would have. Probably would have a few lawyers just sit on it, looking for ways to sue others.

Maybe Darl has something... (5, Funny)

Target Practice (79470) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576492)

Those darn CRN folks, always leaving parts of the quotes out. Here's a reprint, I put Darl's original comments missing from the report in '[]'.

"During the last 25 years, SCO has been committed to [destroying the reputability of] the Unix platform and continues to reaffirm its commitment [to make fools of ourselves while the rest of the world actually accomplishes something useful]," Darl McBride, SCO president, said in a teleconference Tuesday morning.

I applaud him for finally admitting what his company has been doing. Of course, he can shove his BMWs up his /dev/null.

Sorry SCO (5, Insightful)

Mancat (831487) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576495)

It's not 1994 anymore. Nobody uses UnixWare or OpenServer. Those that do, probably want out as fast as possible. Your products are obsolete: Your hardware support sucks. Standards implementation sucks. Didn't you just get USB support in UnixWare a couple of years ago? Nobody is even worrying about whether or not their software will compile on your operating systems these days. You've alienated the entire Unix market systematically.

You're DEAD. Get over it. File chapter 11 and liquidate those assets already.

Re:Sorry SCO (4, Informative)

Brunellus (875635) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576570)

File chapter 11 and liquidate those assets already.

I always thought that chapter 11 was "reorganization" and chapter 7 was "liquidation"

Re:Sorry SCO (5, Interesting)

irenaeous (898337) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576660)

You are absolutely right. I worked on SCO systems as a contractor for TACO BELL for a few years programming and maintaining their back of house software used on PC's in the store. They had an effort to create a windows based in-store system, but that has been abandoned. Now, they are porting their back of house applications to SUSE Linux with a view to getting off of SCO systems as soon as they can. The same is true, I believe for their fellow Yum brands company, Pizza Hut.

This latest move by SCO is desperation -- trying to find some new market in which to stay alive while their bread and butter UnixWare and OpenServer business withers and dies. SCO is going down.

12 cylinder eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576497)

WEIRD how the 2 extra cylinders got there...

tfa says 10...

Wow (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576498)

I can't beleive McBride is still the CEO of SCO.
The remaining SCO stockholders must be dumbasses.

How devilish of him! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576502)

People like this guy never stop trying to get over on other people. He deserves all the egg on his face he gets. You'd be no less than a fool to buy into this crap.

I have a few SCO customers.... (4, Interesting)

SwedishChef (69313) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576512)

and they can't wait for their apps to make the move to Linux. One customer - and this is an end user - is talking openly about the "end of SCO". Another moved to an application running on an IBM i5 (the modern version of the AS400). If there is any cost involved to an upgrade or a fix, SCO customers often just move on to another platform. There is now an entire mini-industry involved in converting data on SCO servers to some other server.

Besides, even the latest versions of SCO/unix seriously suck. We swapped out a tape drive in one and it took days to get it running and required lots of phone time. Until I started on this project I had forgotten how difficult Linux was in 1993; that's where SCO is now.

Plus no bash shell. No up-arrow command scrolling. Arggh!

Roller coast ride? (4, Insightful)

10Ghz (453478) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576513)

"SCO has gone through some rocky times. It's been a real roller coast ride the last few years"


"Roller coast ride" implies movement both up and down. So I don't think that the term applies to SCO. "Falling like a rock" is the term I had in mind.

SCO wants developers back (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576519)

just like like people in hell want ice water. Too bad. When you crap all over the very people that you need, you will continue to need.

This is Darl's "Cover my ass" strategy (4, Insightful)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576525)

Now that the stock price is in free fall, He needs to have something to show that he and his cronies were not out to use SCO stock "Boiler Room" style (http://imdb.com/title/tt0181984/) when the stockholders sue. This way, he'll be able to say: "We tried to make a go at it and nobody wanted to develop for our platform...".

Darl's sadness (4, Insightful)

Geno Z Heinlein (659438) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576530)

... Darl McBride is looking to get Unix developers back onboard with cash incentives...

Wow. When you have to pay a community reknowned for volunteerism and hacker fascination, that's just profoundly sad.

SCO changing its image (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576531)

From the article:
The SCO Group is trying to become something other than the company that sued prominent users of Linux.
At this point I doubt that will ever happen.

bmw, huh? (5, Funny)

vortigern00 (443602) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576534)

The winner of the bmw may notice that no matter how many times he washes it... it just won't come clean.

No sterility fears here! (0, Offtopic)

LizardKing (5245) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576540)

I have my laptop pretty far forward, almost wobbling on my knees. The result is no overheated knackersack, instead I get back ache from leaning over the laptop ...

Re:No sterility fears here! (1)

LizardKing (5245) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576547)

Hmm, too many beers during the Portugal v Mexico football match. My laptop comment was supposed to be attached to the spontaneously combusting Dell story!

Disappointing... (4, Funny)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576545)

SCO is also offering a 10-cylinder BMW car or a US$100,000 cash prize for the developers who use the toolkit to produce the best wireless applications

I was kinda hoping they'd offer SCO Linux Licenses as the top prize. On the other hand, with $100K, you can buy 143 of them, at $699.00 each!!!

Ain't gonna do it (4, Funny)

tommasz (36259) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576564)

I was almost intrigued enough to head over to SCO's site just to see what "biztones" are, but then I realized I don't have all afternoon to scrub my browser clean.

Dear SCO (5, Informative)

vinn (4370) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576592)

Dear SCO:

We don't like you. You don't play well with the other children on the playground. We think you're mean and we're not going to let you play dodgeball with us at recess.

Besides that, your products are pretty awful. The only redeeming quality of Caldera Linux was that it was based on RedHat. That made it really easy to completely dump your distribution and go to RedHat when you guys got out of the Linux game. Your OpenServer product is the the most god awful piece of crap ever sold. It's so painful to work on that I'd rather just gouge out my eyes with a spoon.

Please just go away.

What kind of apps would be appropriate? (3, Funny)

aapold (753705) | more than 8 years ago | (#15576620)

  • Some possibilities...
  • License revenue tracker
  • Legal Fund Donation App (allows people to make donations and track who donated what
  • Press goodwill scanner - monitors RSS feeds and gauges amount of positive and negative stories on a given subject
  • Job Search / Resume submitter combined app...

    • hmmm any others?

Up the offer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15576653)

I mean if I am going to sell my soul

I at least want more than this shit you offer. BMW?!?!?!?!

My soul is at least worth three Type 41 Royale!!!!!

Alas, negotiating with the Devil, is to yourself between a rock and a hard place. No matter what you get, the reputation (alone) of the Devil kills you anyway.

Why not increase your offer by giving me the ultimate in security, a cellophane blow-up bulletproof vest or a servant robot developed by your former MS backers :)

Of course, I am joking, NOT!
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