[Cialug] SCO's not dead yet

David Champion dchampion at visionary.com
Mon Oct 8 15:12:51 CDT 2007



Dave J. Hala Jr. wrote:
> So the question is, and still is, what is the current market value of
> SCO?
> On Mon, 2007-10-08 at 20:02 +0000, Nathan C. Smith wrote:
>>> That depends. Could you buy SCO for less than what a 
>>> migration would cost? If I was an old school corporate guy, 
>>> its unlikely that I'd be thinking about buying SCO and open 
>>> sourcing their stuff so that I
>>> (McDonalds) would benefit.
>> I only suggest a company Like McDonalds buying SCO because there is a
>> similar precedent.  At one time GM owned EDS and exclusively contracted IT
>> services to them.  I don't recall the circumstances for the original
>> purchase.
>>> If you did buy them, as a failing company, you'd probably 
>>> consider it a stop-gap measure to buy you some time before 
>>> you did the migration anyway.
>> Why?  Since it is arguably rock-solid Unix, and Linux-like adding any
>> software they might need should be relatively straight-forward.  Including
>> any innovations in end-user software.
>>> I just can't believe that McDonalds corporate would take that 
>>> kind of chance, but who knows?  I just can't see quarter 
>>> pounders made from penguin meat as a profitable undertaking.
>> Where is the chance?  If MCD is exclusively using SCO now, they get to keep
>> what they have got.  There is nothing that says they have to continue
>> selling SCO services to others and they can drop the parts they don't need. 
>> The whole scenario is unlikely, but if you re a megacorporation and your
>> entire information systems were entirely based on SCO it might make sense to
>> buy them and either combine it with IT or run it as a subsidiary to keep
>> things status quo.
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