Feeds

SCO confirms MS ‘smoking gun’ email is genuine

But neither smoking, nor a gun, insists SCO

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The SCO Group has confirmed that the email attributed to long-time pal and former colleague of Darl McBride, Mike Anderer, is genuine. But it says that Eric Raymond's characterization of this as "a smoking gun" - implying Microsoft is behind SCO's legal campaign against Linux - is incorrect. Raymond published the leaked email on his opensource.org site this morning, and claims it reveals "the extent of SCO's sock-puppet relationship to its masters in Redmond", according to Raymond.

In the email to SCO VP Chris Sontag dated last October, Anderer boasts "Microsoft will have brough [sic] in $86 million for us including Baystar." BayStar Capital invested $50 million in the SCO Group in October. Anderer, a former colleague of McBride when the two were executives at the IKON group's integration services division, signed on with SCO in July 2003. Anderer receives a fee of $120,000 and percentages for introductions to potential licensees, customers or M&A targets.

SCO doesn't deny there's a relationship, but says Raymond has mischaracterized it.

"We believe the email was simply a misunderstanding of the facts by an outside consultant who was working on a specific unrelated project to the Baystar transaction," SCO's Blake Stowell told us.

"Contrary to the misunderstanding of Eric Raymond, Microsoft did not orchestrate or participate in the Baystar transaction."

The email certainly leaves plenty of room for ambiguities. Anderer cites a 'referral', so SCO may well be telling the truth when it invites us to infer that Microsoft was simply adding an enthusiastic blessing to BayStar's investment, and encouraging other investment firms to take a punt, too.

But remarkably little attention has been another incoherent fragment from Anderer's Sontag email.

"The will help us a lot and if we execute we could exit and Unix componients we have build potentially back to Microsoft or MCS," Anderer writes.

Exit what? And is that 'Build' or 'billed'? We'll let you know. ®

Related story

Email 'leak' suggests SCO got up to $100m from MS

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.