Tuesday, November 20, 2007
11/20 SNR II
- A good SJVN article on the York proposal, sadly overtaken by events. Ok, not "sadly" exactly. Creative effort, expended well in a good cause, but for naught. These things happen, I guess.
- Also overtaken by events, a Deseret News piece about the Dec. 5th hearing.
- From GL yesterday, the bit about SCO trying to sell Unix to IBM. The law firm's terse logs merely say IBM wasn't interested. I'd be curious to know precisely what language IBM used to convey this sentiment, but no matter. The fact that SCO even tried this is just freakin' breathtaking. What's that word I'm looking for... it's kind of like "clueless", but a few orders of magnitude more so...
- CIO Magazine: "Eight Signs of Evil in High-Tech Companies".
- From the "ugliness all around" department, here's MOG on the Hans Reiser case.
- Over in blogospace, something called Microweb.biz offers us "SCO accuses first Linux-user". The site describes itself as "Delivering the old and new news and information on the top stories with a strong European focus". Which is obviously true. The story refers to very old news, as far as I can tell. And the European focus is obvious as well, if by that they mean the non-English-speaking part of the continent. And I quote:
The businesses ruzin already since halfway last year about rights on the source code of Unix System V. Cause for the dispute is SCO claim that Linux divide of the source code of its Unix-software contain.
Seriously, these guys make "Paul Murphy" look good in comparison.
- Elsewhere, a post titled "Go, SCO, go!" is not what you think. Seems that SCO's released a daylight savings patch for its OSes, which it's generously distributing absolutely free!!! Naturally if your SCO OS is no longer supported your only option is to upgrade your OS. Or do the DST update yourself, using the tips I linked to back in March.
- After months of blessed inactivity, Lyons did a couple of new posts over at Floating Point semi-recently. I just noticed them because I haven't been checking all that religiously. In one, he provides helpful links to all his stories about SCO, arranged chronologically. I'm not sure what occasioned this, but I imagine it's part of his attempt to put his SCO-shilling firmly in the past. Which is something I'm still not convinced of, btw. Even now, he often babbles on about Linux in peace-n-love hippie terms. I'm sorry, but anyone still who talks that way in 2007 is obviously a clueless marketroid who just doesn't get it and never will.
- From c.u.s.m., a recent thread on running OSR5.0.7 under VMWare on a Ubuntu box. Oddly, nobody bothers to mention the guy "needs" a $699 SCOSource license to do this. Go figure.
- Meanwhile over on comp.unix.sco.programmer (Yes, there really is such a thing, at least in a vestigial sense), here are a pair of recent threads about difficulties with OpenServer's License Manager. Whenever an OS comes with a "License Manager" misfeature, inevitably it errs on the side of DOS'ing you if it can't be absolutely positively certain you're paid up in full. If you're stuck with such an OS, your OS has a global single point of failure designed into it. So you'd better hope your "License Manager" is supernaturally reliable. If not, well, I'm sure your OS vendor would be delighted to explain your predicament to your pointy-haired bosses and accept the blame themselves. Or not.
- And on comp.sys.sys5.r3, here's a poor soul who needs boot media for some ancient NCR Tower boxes. If you can help the guy out -- without violating the terms of your SysV license, obviously -- go give a brother a hand, ok?