Wednesday, January 10, 2007
- In the lastest SCO v. Novell filing, Novell asserts that a SCO bankruptcy is both "inevitable" and "imminent", and they ask the judge to please order SCO to fork over all that money they got from M$ and Sun a couple of years back. GL has the story here, and Slashdot picks it up here. Another story at InformationWeek. Even DailyKos has a diary piece here. Then there are a couple of opinion pieces, from InternetNews and Dana Blankenhorn, the latter including a nice vintage still of Bela Lugosi, from Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Which is actually a fun movie if you're into old monster flicks, btw.
I should point out that, while it's enjoyable to hear the things Novell's saying, nothing has actually happened yet. Until there's a ruling on the money, it's all just words. And while the latest words are quite blunt, Novell's said essentially the same thing in previous filings, including (a couple of months ago) an in-depth explanation of exactly why SCO's own numbers prove they're doomed. So today was not the end, and not even the beginning of the end. And I expect the true beginning of the beginning of the end has already happened. So maybe this is about chapter 3 of the beginning of the end.
(And to continue the monster movie theme, you might enjoy The Beginning of the End, in which giant grasshoppers attack Chicago. Or you might not.)
- In the day's other exciting news, Apple's shiny new iPhone is out. This is the "real" iPhone, not that pretender from Linksys/Cisco. Pics here. Apparently the thing actually runs OS X inside. OS X is a BSD, and SCO's occasionally claimed it owns BSD-based OSes. This is where I'd usually make a wisecrack about people who buy product X also needing to buy a $699 SCOSource license -- although I think that joke is starting to wear a little thin. I do sort of wonder if those super-exciting, mega-advanced Me Inc. apps will ever be ported to the thing. That would be fairly amusing to see.
Not everybody loves the iPhone, though. A columnist at The Register "explained" several weeks ago why the iPhone is absolutely guaranteed to be a disaster of incredible proportions. And I can only imagine the angry, drunken rant we're about to see from Enderle about it.
Oh, and Greenpeace crashed the party, for reasons of their own.
- Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Linux invades the CES show.
- Also at CES, the debut of "Windows Home Server", although not everyone is impressed.
- Again from CES, Sony has a new 82-freakin'-inch LCD TV. In their words: "You don't need a wall to hang it on, it is the wall." This sounds more than a bit excessive to me, quite honestly, but I liked the quote.
- Via one of the message board trolls, a piece about vendor lock-in in the world of accounting software. If anyone tries to tell you that .NET is somehow a cross-platform technology, point them at this article.
- A weird new WIPO proposal that would give broadcasters broad IP rights to the stuff they carry, even though they didn't create it. Great. Just great.
- Because CES is a.) in Las Vegas, and b.) filled with hordes of male geeks, it was inevitable someone would post a "booth babe" gallery. Sadly, no photos in said gallery from the grand Me Inc. ("please don't ask us if we're SCO") booth. We can all speculate and make crude remarks about what SCO spokesmodels would be like. Personally, I suspect that as a money-saving measure, they'd just have a few SCO execs there in drag, greeting everyone with a hearty "Hello Sailor" and inviting them to get familiar with SCO's viral IP. But hey, that's just my theory.