Microsoft working with SCO Group to crush Linux???

From: Red Hand (e)
Date: 03/12/04


Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 08:54:34 GMT

http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20040311S0016

Speculation that Microsoft was bankrolling SCO surfaced last week when Eric
Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative, published a leaked
internal e-mail thread between Chris Sontag, a senior vice president and
general manager of SCO's licensing division; and Mike Anderer, chief
executive of Salt Lake City-based strategic consulting firm S2.

In the exchange, which occurred just days before the BayStar investment,
Anderer offhandedly claimed that Microsoft had given SCO more than $82
million through various investment vehicles and was willing to put up more.
SCO denied the claims, saying Anderer was misinformed. SCO and Microsoft
have denied having any investment relationship.

Linux proponents have long speculated that Microsoft is secretly funding
SCO's $5 billion lawsuit against IBM and Linux. The suit claims IBM
inserted SCO's Unix code into Linux and then distributed it for free under
the General Public License governing the use of Linux. IBM denies the
allegations.