Tuesday, October 24, 2006
- GL reports about the very latest hearing in SCO v. IBM. This is the one where SCO was going to beg Judge Kimball to reverse Magistrate Wells' ruling throwing out most of their case. Taken under advisement, blah, blah, snooze. It's looking more and more like the current trial schedule isn't going to work out, and things are going to get dragged out even longer. Which is fine, I guess. We've gotten used to that by now. I have a feeling this further delay will mean SCO's going to need another visit from the PIPE fairy.
- Also, yet more delay in SCO v. Novell.
- SCO has made the Software 500 list again, checking in at #280. So, ok, back in 2003 they were #231. But if time ever reverses direction and starts flowing backwards, they'll be a heck of a growth company.
- Now that some recent versions of OpenServer and UnixWare finally offer USB support, sorta, here's a super-duper high-tech flash drive that'll go perfectly with your ultra-advanced SCO operating system.
I think I'll get one and put my local source control repository on it, just so I can whip it out if anyone ever asks about my "branching strategy". The downside will be that I'll probably have to practically beg people to ask me that question, which will make the joke seem even lamer than it otherwise would. Oh, well.
- Enderle gibbers on about the forever-rumored "iPhone" and then wanders off into M&A fantasyland again.
- Apparently SGI sees a bright future for itself as a SCO-style IP troll. The bastards.
- SGI does have some new NAS hardware out, too, if you're interested. Yawn.
- Far less yawn-inducing is this tidbit about the future direction of Intel's Xeon MP product line. 16 cores.... Droooool......
On the other hand, that could get awfully expensive. Recall that a single CPU SCOSource license started out at $699, and was supposed to ramp up to $1399 after October 15th, 2003. SCO's never really explained what the license terms are for multiprocessor / multi-core boxes, so for lack of any other information we can assume it's a simple multiple of the single-cpu fee. So a box with four of these shiny new quad-core Xeon MPs would set you back $22,400, even before you paid a cent for actual hardware, and SCO still won't point out what code they think is theirs. So you could do an EV1 and pay up anyway, or you could be like everyone else and ignore SCO's silly demands, and spend the $22k on something that actually exists, instead.
- Fedora Core 6 is out, and Ubuntu 6.10 should be out on the 26th. Oh, and there's Firefox 2.0, too.