"For SCO, The Apocalypse is Now"

Thursday, January 15 2004 @ 03:33 PM EST

Contributed by: PJ

The Motley Fool has a great article on SCO. Hop on over and have a nice time. Here's a preview:

"If SCO thought threat-born licensing fees would provide a quick boost to the bottom line, it looks to have miscalculated. As fellow Fool Tom Taulli noted last month, SCO has tried to cast its lawsuits in apocalyptic terms. But with the entire computing world putting its money behind Linux, it appears that, for SCO, the apocalypse is now."

Of course, Ms. DiDio is of another opinion. Can you guess her viewpoint?

Here is the latest DiDio take on SCO. NewsFactor asked her if the SCO-going-global announcement was for PR value and here is her entertaining answer:

"Is much of the SCO posturing for show? 'SCO is being very aggressive about protecting what it perceives as its legal rights to the copyright,' Yankee Group senior analyst Laura DiDio told NewsFactor. With this announcement, 'certainly SCO is raising the noise level and trying to raise the ante.'

"Will the demand for licensing fees have an impact overseas? 'Linux has had a lot of appeal for government agencies abroad,' commented DiDio. 'I think that many of the Europeans are going to do what their American counterparts have done and try to ignore it for as long as possible,' she said.

"Beat Goes On

"'SCO is not going away,' DiDio continued. 'They are in this for the long haul. They have a long uphill climb to win this lawsuit, and it's going to take months, even years. We'll see a lot of legal maneuvering on both sides. However, if they do prevail, it is a huge payday for SCO,' she pointed out.

"'Last year, SCO may have been thought of as a gnat. Today, it's more like a couple of bees buzzing around,' said DiDio."

A true believer. She thinks they can win, that they are stronger this year than last. It's priceless. It's evidently very hard to let go of a dream of big money, even if it's (presumably) someone else's pot o' gold. I will miss her when SCO is just a bad memory.