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Microsoft shown involved with Baystar and SCO

baryon351 (626717) writes | more than 7 years ago

Caldera

baryon351 (626717) writes "Back a few years ago when SCO looked like it was haemorrhaging cash and couldn't afford a long court case let alone a trial, a surprise investment came out of the blue from Baystar, a venture capital company who invested $20 million in SCO and aided their anti-Linux cause, enabling McBride & co. to continue with (now shown incorrect) claims of line-by-line code copying of SCO IP in Linux. Now, during the SCO/IBM case one of IBM's submissions to the court reveals Microsoft was behind it after all. Baystar's manager says about Microsoft's Richard Emerson: "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."
Despite the denials about their involvement, MS helped SCO continue this charade — and on top of that halted all contact with Baystar after the investment, renegging on their guarantee."

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