What happens if I believe what SCO says. And I want to pay the license fee's? I was at forum, saw the slides etc.. Looks compelling to me.
And tell me this... Whats so wrong about protecting their IP anyway?
Have you _tried_ to buy a license? I have, 3 times, and so far I have been waiting over 3 weeks for a response from SCO.
Each time it is the same, "give us your contact information, we are very busy and will have to get back to you".
Eiter, they don't want my money, they have horrid customer service, or they don't care because actually getting the licenses isn't important to them.
go ahead, call them and ask for a license.
"What happens if I believe what SCO says. And I want to pay the license fee's? "
Wait for the invoice, or call them and offer to buy a license.
"Whats so wrong about protecting their IP anyway?" It's not theirs to protect, for starters. The code they showed can be traced into something SCO/Caldera RELEASED for public use beforeDarl started his rampage.
"Wait for the invoice, or call them and offer to buy a license. "
No, do not call and offer to buy a license unless you have your head in the sand. That is just stupidity. Do not offer to buy a license when the trials have not commenced.
See your own legal team first. Then think on it, and see them again and repeat until it becomes clear what to do.
>> I don't recall asking for attacks by guys that don't know what they are talking about.. I came here to discuss license's and SCO operating systems. <<
I apologize ... too much technical focus.
As an alternative for SMBs, I think either Linux or FreeBSD would be appropriate. The problem I see for these customers is whether their applications can be ported (or run) on these platforms.
If I was an ISV, I would be looking to have my application run on more platforms than OpenServer or UnixWare. If nothing else, this gives the ISV experience with those platforms, and an alternative no matter what happens with SCO.
There are several US (nationwide) providing support for these platforms, and well as companies in EMEA and APAC/Australia. I would imagine that if the application operated on the chosen platform, then these companies would support the underlying platform.
> It's quite obvious that you boys don't know business.. SMB = SMALL MEDUIM BUSINESS doesn't have ANYTHING todo with Windows network protocols..
A guy who is gullible enough to believe SCO's dog-and-pony slide show after it's been debunked by about 1000 different people on the Net shouldn't be pointing the finger at anyone else for ignorance.
> I don't recall asking for attacks by guys that don't know what they are talking about..
>> I came here to discuss license's and SCO operating systems.
No one cares about SCO operating systems, least of all SCO.
I'm not attacking anyone here. Like I said in another post, if you were in my area, I might even be interested in doing business - I think there are still some solid leads amongst the SCO resellers. But in any case, it's not me that's tied to the sinking ship.
Oops.. that makes more sense in this context, even though SCO was touting its new Samba based stuff.
In any case, Linux has plenty of traction in this market:
*) It's easy to find people who know it, so you aren't going out on a limb by choosing it.
*) It's cheap.
*) It's stable.
*) It's relatively secure (although you do need to keep it up to date as with any other system).
*) It's becoming very widespread.
*) It runs on standard protocols - you could always switch to something like Solaris if you go from being a SMB to a Big B.
And so on...
If you believe that SCO's IP has been infringed, it doesn't mean that you are legally obliged to pay them as a LINUX user. If you WANT to pay the license fee, pay it (not sure why you would want to, maybe you feel it's a moral issue or something). No one's stopping you (except maybe SCO... I called them asking how I could come into compliance, they said they'd call me back, that was 2 weeks ago).
There's nothing wrong with a company protecting their IP. I don't believe that's what SCO is doing though. Maybe you do.