- Couple of new press releases from Lindon today. Product-related and everything. The first one: " The SCO Group, Inc. and Genisys Software, Inc. Announce the Availability of a Mobile Workforce Automation Solution for Equipment Rental and Point of Sale Software". Me Inc. PR about a custom app they cooked up for a partner of theirs. I don't know enough about the equipment rental software segment to know whether this is a useful development or not. I didn't even know there was such a thing as equipment rental software, quite honestly, so I suspect SCO's pursuing an exceedingly small niche. Maybe the equipment rental biz will go hog-wild for this stuff, for all I know. But even if they do, I don't expect we'll see a blip on SCO's bottom line.
Genisys Software's press release page doesn't mention the big announcement. So clearly it's bigger news for SCO than it is for them. This seems to happen a lot with SCO. Almost always, in fact. Funny, that.
The announcement does get a quick mention here, on a page that indicates the equipment rental software segment is far more crowded than I ever would've anticipated.
- The other PR for today informs us of the arrival of HipCheck 1.0.3. This isn't really the newest of news; I linked to a story about the upcoming release exactly a month ago. In a way, I really feel for the HipCheck team. They added support for Solaris, UnixWare 7.x, and Win2k, so adding Linux would probably be a no-brainer from both a technical and a sales standpoint. It's just that Darl, Ralphie and the other PHBs won't allow it, for purely ideological reasons. That kind of behavior usually isn't the hallmark of a company with a future, is all I'm saying.
- A bit about Ralphie's pro-CP80 documentary. The post itself is just the press release, which we've seen already, but there's a short & somewhat interesting user comments section discussing the merits of the proposal.
- Those tasty Dell Linux boxes go on sale today.
- A WSJ event next week promises to deliver Bill Gates & Steve Jobs together on stage. Enderle pipes up with the super-useful observation that the two guys are like night and day. I guess that's why he makes the big bucks.
- As you may have heard, Jack Thompson (you know, the video game lawyer from Florida) has declared jihad against Microsoft over Halo 3.
- Someone's come up with a proof-of-concept OpenOffice worm. Yow. At least it hasn't been seen in the wild so far, unlike all the M$ Office worms out there. The funny part is that depending on the OS it runs on, it drops additional proof-of-concept script viruses on the machine. On Linux, the "malware" is coded in Perl and Python, and on OSX you get two naughty Ruby scripts. So clearly somone had a lot of fun putting this thing together, and had nothing better to do with their time.
Sky: still not falling.
- HP just landed a big $5.6B deal with NASA, to supply machines with "Linux and Unix capabilities", as the story puts it. By Unix they probably mean HP-UX, although HP does still have a bit of a partnership with SCO. I've never heard of NASA using SCO OSes for anything, but I suppose it's possible. Maybe once the promised moon colony is up and running, a decade or so from now, they'll eventually need a McDonalds of their own, and a SCO box to run it. It's like the pro-SCO trolls used to say: "To the moon!!!"
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