SCO continues to play with fire

I read Matt Cooney's story about SCO's plans to charge local users with interest and a great deal of vexation.

I read Matt Cooney’s
story about SCO’s plans to charge local users with interest and a great deal of vexation.

Yes, I’m a “commercial Linux user”, albeit very small-time. So I can now expect a nastygram from Kieran O’Shaughnessy, SCO’s general manager for New Zealand and Australia, demanding more money than what my server hardware is worth, huh?

Elsewhere in the media, O’Shaughnessy has said companies in the region should call in the legal advisers and even consider dumping Linux altogether.

Well, Kieran, the only thing you can expect from me is a two-finger salute. The last thing I would do is to give SCO licence money let alone even consider using any of their products, or those of companies associated with SCO.

In fact, I’ll do better than that: in the unlikely event that should I encounter a site running any of SCO’s software, I’ll encourage them to dump it. There is absolutely no way I could with good conscience tell anyone to continue using SCO’s products, given the company’s willingness to disrupt Linux users’ businesses.

What O’Shaughnessy and his SCOnnies forget is that Linux isn’t the only game in town. There are open source alternatives like the BSDs, which can do everything your average Linux distribution can without users having to fork out licence fees.

Frankly, I’m surprised that anyone who hopes to have a future in the IT business wants to be associated with SCO’s shameless money grab. Once the lawsuits have been tossed out and SCO folds, McBride, O’Shaughnessy and other SCOnnies had better sort out an MBF (Master of Burger Flipping) degree sharpish.

Early last year, I noticed that Microsoft’s Windows Update service arrived to New Zealanders courtesy of Akamai, the well-known content redistribution service.

Nothing wrong with that, of course, as it means people get their patches much faster from a local mirror (although the deal would be a lot sweeter if Telecom didn’t charge through the nose for local data traffic).

  • Windows Update is in the public eye again, thanks to the Blaster worm. Quite a few people have noticed that Akamai runs the redistribution service on Linux. If you ever wondered why so many hosts ending with appear to be Linux boxes, wonder no more and savour the fine irony.

Saarinen is an Auckland IT consultant and IDG contributor. Send letters for publication in Computerworld NZ to Computerworld Letters.

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