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The Courts

Submission + - Darl McBride: SCO isn't dead yet (

Ian Lamont writes: "Computerworld has an interview with Darl McBride, the SCO CEO who launched a series of lawsuits against IBM, Novell, and several large Linux users, relating to SCO's claim that its IP rights were violated. Despite last week's court ruling that found Novell to be the owner of the Unix and UnixWare copyrights, McBride says in the interview that "some very encouraging things" came out of the ruling, and "it's one of the more exciting times for this company." He compares SCO with Apple in the mid-1990s and Apple's subsequent comeback, and describes SCO's current plans for developing Unix for mobile devices. Of his many critics in the media, McBride says "I think this thing has been overplayed just a tad." Meanwhile, Frank Hayes says one of the critics — Groklawdeserves credit for making available documents and analysis that has kept this story in the spotlight for the past five years, and filtering out the PR noise from the various players in the case:

Once documents in the lawsuits started to pile up, it was possible to draw hard conclusions based on the evidence presented to the court, rather than public-relations bluster. Which explains why so many analysts were able to tell their clients there wasn't much legal risk to worry about with Linux — and tell them that literally years before the hammer finally fell on the litigation. All thanks to the Groklaw crowd's desire to pile up every suit-related document they could find. Did Groklaw really have an impact on those court cases? Naaah. The impact was on the rest of us. That collection of documents gave SCO's suits a transparency that's impossible to come by with most IT industry litigation.

McBride says SCO is looking at filing an interlocutory appeal, which would deliver an immediate ruling even as the trial proceeds.



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Submission + - Ask Ron Paul

Matthew Burris writes: "Gentlemen,

I believe that Rep. Ron Paul would make an excellent choice for a slashdot interview. A brief summary of who Ron Paul is (blatantly stolen from wikipedia):

Paul advocates the limited role of government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. He has earned the nickname "Dr. No" for voting against any bill he believes violates the Constitution. [1] In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Paul is the "one exception to the Gang of 535" on Capitol Hill — members of United States Congress and their staffers.[2] He has never voted to raise taxes or congressional pay. He has consistently voted against the USA PATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and the Iraq War.

Ron Paul participated along with nine other Republican presidential candidates in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library's 2008 Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on May 3, 2007 sponsored by MSNBC. In an MSNBC sponsored on-line survey following the debate, Paul with over 40% came in ahead of the other candidates with the highest positives and lowest negatives of the top 4 candidates, out of approximately 70,000 votes as of May 9.[15] According to ABC News, the conclusion of the MSNBC vote was that Ron Paul appeared to win the debate[16]. In an ABC News debate vote "WHICH REPUBLICAN CAME OUT ON TOP?"[17], Ron Paul garnered over 85%. The C-SPAN debate vote[18] had similar results with over 70 percent casting their votes for Paul. ABC News pre-maturually attributed Paul's success to possible viral marketing by his supporters, noting that Paul has a "robust online presence".[19]

Since May 9, 2007 "Ron Paul" has been listed as the #1 top Internet search term by[20] and on May 9, 2007 was ranked #815 on Wikicharts [21], a measurement of most-viewed Wikipedia pages, above better-known Republican contenders such as Mitt Romney, Rudy Guiliani, and John McCain. The U.S. News & World Report article titled "Ron Paul's Online Rise"[22] states "Technorati spokesman Aaron Krane confirmed that, to the best of the company's knowledge, the online support for Paul is genuine. (Tech-savvy devotees occasionally attempt to enlist programs called "bots" to artificially boost their candidate on search engines, but Krane said Technorati is usually able to detect and delete the cheaters.)"

I, and I believe the grater slashdot community, would love to hear more of Ron Paul's ideas. Please consider him for an interview! His contact details follow.

Many Thanks,

Matthew Burris

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