SCO Will Give Customers a Discount To Drop Linux and Use Any Proprietary Software

Friday, November 07 2003 @ 08:06 AM EST

Contributed by: PJ

SCO isn't putting out press releases like it used to. Surely it wants you to know that it has cooked up yet another way to be loathsome to Linux.

It will expand its licensing program (because it's been such a success, I'm sure) and now they will be "offering a migration path" so their customers can escape Linux and return to proprietary operating systems. Note the plural, please. Like, for example, Unix, even a competitor's Unix. Some say they mean Microsoft. Well, well. Why ever might they want to send their customers to Microsoft?

Here's what it says in SCO's 8K filed with the SEC on October 17:

"SCO IP Licensing and Migration Initiative — In connection with SCO’s intellectual property enforcement effort, SCOsource, SCO has alleged that the Linux 2.4 and the upcoming 2.6 kernel contain SCO intellectual property.  In an effort to offer marketplace solutions to these Linux-related intellectual property issues, SCO released a licensing program to offer Linux users a right-to-use binary mode only license, subject to certain limitations.  In the coming months, SCO intends to expand the licensing program to include migration options for those end users who may be looking for alternatives to Linux.  Over the past several months, SCO has had discussions with several major companies for the purpose of bolstering SCO’s intellectual property licensing and migration initiative."

There they go again. Claiming the 2.6 kernel before they've even see what is in it. The Microsoft angle not clear enough for you? Let's take a look, then, at this article in Computer Business Review:

"SCO would probably provide customers with financial incentives and discounts to migrate to SCO Unix, other vendors' Unix, and what he referred to as 'other proprietary operating systems' but probably Windows.

"'We are offering a migration path to other operating systems that have a stronger IP basis than Linux,' the spokesperson said. Incentives will be offered 'in the coming months.'"

So, they will actually more or less pay you to quit using Linux, all you freedom-loving folks. If this story is accurate, they don't care what you use, as long as it isn't Linux. They are willing to even lose you as a customer and send you to another vendor, if necessary. Now, there's solid business thinking. Unless... nah, all those rumors can't be true, can they? I'd better not say what I'm thinking or I'll be deluged with email from Microsoft astroturfers, telling me not to say things unless I can prove them. So, let's just observe a moment of silence, everyone, and we can each entertain our own thoughts on what this might mean. I know *my* thoughts on this subject are thoroughly entertaining.

Financial incentives and discounts. Who can resist? What is freedom in comparison with discounts?

Give me discounts or give me death. Isn't that how it goes?