Miss Otis Regrets

Friday, August 15 2003 @ 09:43 PM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

The SCOForum 2003 Sponsors page has been taken down. Instead you find:

"Document Not Found

"To find the document you're looking for, please see our company sitemap.

"If you're having problems with a broken link, send us your e-mail and we'll find the page for you. If the page is on the Linux Documentation Project site (http://www.sco.com/LDP/), email feedback@linuxdocs.org."

You certainly get ample chances to give SCO your email address. Linux gets special mention, I see. Maybe because so much of the pages on Linux have simply disappeared. There one day and then, no explanation, just poof. Desesperado.

There is a search engine on the page, so I typed in "Sponsors" and got a list of pages. Number four on the list took me to the old, now removed, page, where you can see who was on the list previously as Bronz and Silver sponsors. It has been reported that Intel was once on the list "by mistake" but I don't see it on this page. Perhaps the report was about a different, even earlier, page. Anyway, there was a flap about it, as you can read in the article.

HP is number one on the list on the removed page. They are certainly in an awkward position, thanks to SCO, but then, who isn't? It'll be interesting to see who actually shows up and who the actual sponsors turn out to be in the end. The article says there has been pressure from the IT world on HP to drop the sponsorship. That article says the pressure is falling on deaf ears, but the page came down, and it looks like it just happened today.

SCO's McBride in the recent teleconference said "the silent majority" in the IT world supports SCO and hopes they win. Maybe in an alternate universe, but back on this planet, in this galaxy, in our universe, SCO doesn't appear popular, judging from this SCOForum episode or the reaction already from the IT world to his remark, intense enough to warrant a second story by Computer World just about the reaction. The emails they received were not from lunatic fringe types, either, as you can see when you read them. Here's one, from the president of a consulting company:

"Joey Mele, president of JBT Production Services, a small consulting company in Las Vegas, wrote that McBride is off-base in claiming that the silent majority of the IT world is behind him. 'I just couldn't believe the guy could say something like that,' Mele said in an interview. 'It's so detached from reality.'"

It's sad when you see someone throw a party and people everywhere suddenly remember they have to wash their hair that day and can't make it. But when things like that happen to you, you just might take it as a clue as to how popular you actually are. Or are not.