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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl? - Updated 2Xs
Monday, April 07 2008 @ 02:34 PM EDT

If this isn't the strangest SCO press release yet, I'll eat all 6,000 + 1,000 pages of OOXML (scroll down for the photo). All the country comments, too. Hold the Norway Standards' self justification. That'd be hard to swallow. And anyway, I have standards.

Hmm. You are what you eat, they say, so perhaps I'd best retract this offer. But it is strange. First, Jeff Hunsaker, president and CEO COO of SCO Operations, not SCO Group, makes the announcement for the SCO Group, along with Stephen Norris, who is to date nothing to SCO, since the bankruptcy court has yet to approve any involvement by him and may never do so. But where is Darl? He's head of SCO Group, so are things happening inside SCO they aren't telling us or the bankruptcy court? (Note that he's listed as a keynote speaker at http://www.sco.com/2008forum/agenda.html .)

And second, Hunsaker makes a remarkable statement, that not only will SCO Group announce its new strategy and new management team at SCO Forum 2008, he reveals he has already been traveling about, telling customers about SCO's new direction:

"This will be perhaps one of the most significant SCO Forum events in company history," said Jeff Hunsaker, President and Chief Operating Officer of SCO Operations. "We are now anticipating our exit from bankruptcy and charting a new course for the company. Forum will be an excellent opportunity to communicate these developments to our customers and partners, while reaffirming our long-term commitment to them," said Hunsaker. "I have been meeting with customers from around the world over the past few months, and they are very pleased with the strategy and direction of our product roadmap that will be outlined at Forum."

Excuse me, but since the rest of us must wait until SCO Forum opens on August 10, is he actually saying he is giving advance inside information to customers about a public company that we, the investing public, and the bankruptcy court, can't yet know about? That doesn't even address the fact that SCO's lawyers just told the bankruptcy court, according to our eyewitnesses, that they have pulled back the reorganization plan and are working on another version, but they might need an extension of time beyond five weeks, because the deal isn't actually struck yet. Is the extension so they can reach August 10 with their plans unrevealed to the general public? How can Norris talk about SCO and say "We" are committed to our customers? This doesn't smell quite right.

So... what are they telling these customers that the judge in bankruptcy court and SCO's creditors don't know? Anything we might be interested in? And if they already know, why are they telling the court they don't? And which is the true story? Actually, it seems this year only "current SCO customers and Registered Partners" may register to attend, so maybe we won't learn everything in August even.

Love the touch about August 10. That will be the anniversary of the ruling in Utah that dashed all of SCO's litigation fantasies.

[ Update: Maureen O'Gara is now telling this tale, after admitting that SCO just told her that the new deal isn't yet finalized:

Things are supposedly looking even brighter than before.

The new plan abandons the idea of giving SCO a $95 million line of credit to draw on to chase its legal anti-Linux ambitions against Novell and IBM et al and substitutes a straight infusion in support of its Unix and mobile interests as well as its myriad court cases – and no matter what they tell the bankruptcy court on or about May 11 when they file the new plan you should probably consider that legal fund a blank check.

They want blood drawn and heads to roll.

One of SCO’s many critics, Al Petrosky, who was at the short 20-minute hearing, reminded us to tell you that Stephen Norris, the co-founder of the Carlyle Group and more recently Norris Capital Partners, the billionaire facilitator behind the deal, is himself a lawyer – and besides all the legal talent he can buy – should be able to appraise SCO’s case himself.

Um. Lovely. Whose heads would that be? Interesting motives. Might some take that as a threat? And interesting bedfellows. Al feeding info to Maureen again, I see. I don't usually link to her, but since she claims this is straight from the horse's mouth, I thought it worth mentioning. (It's here, if you must: http://soa.sys-con.com/author/2390ogaralinuxbusinessweek.htm ) End update.]

[ Update 2: Here's what SCO's General Counsel, Ryan Tibbitts, told Provo, Utah's The Daily Herald about the new deal to come:

Instead of lending the company $95 million to fund its ongoing litigation with Novell, IBM and others, buying $2 million in SCO stock and paying down $3 million of SCO's prepetition debt, Stephen Norris Capital Partners now wants to buy SCO's assets as part of the new deal, according to SCO General Counsel Ryan Tibbitts, who was at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing in Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday.

"We will not be pursuing the proposed reorganization plan because the terms of the deal are changing. We will have another reorganization plan that's somewhat similar, but tracks whatever the new terms are," Tibbitts said. "We're working with Stephen Norris on a deal that's better for all. Some part of it may be an asset purchase, but we're not at liberty to talk about details yet."

*May* be? That's not for sure either, that it will be an asset sale? So what is the new press release about? End Update 2.]

Here's the press release in full:

******************************

New Investors and SCO management team will outline company strategy to drive customer and partner opportunities forward

LINDON, Utah, April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The SCO Group, Inc., (Pink Sheets: SCOXQ), a leading provider of UNIX(R) software technology and mobile services, today announced that SCO Tec Forum 2008 will be held August 10th - 13th at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. SCO Forum, in its 22nd consecutive year, is an opportunity for key customers and partners to come together and hear strategy and direction from company executives. Stephen Norris and Mark Robbins of Stephen Norris Capital Partners (SNCP) who together recently committed to sponsor a reorganization plan of The SCO Group Inc. ("SCO"), will be present to speak with customers about their commitment to SCO's UNIX business. Key topics at this year's Forum event will include introduction and demonstration of SCO's virtualization strategy, UNIX product roadmaps and direction from new members of SCO's management team. SCO Tec Forum 2008 will also include many technical breakout sessions and a hands-on training on Day Three.

"This will be perhaps one of the most significant SCO Forum events in company history," said Jeff Hunsaker, President and Chief Operating Officer of SCO Operations. "We are now anticipating our exit from bankruptcy and charting a new course for the company. Forum will be an excellent opportunity to communicate these developments to our customers and partners, while reaffirming our long-term commitment to them," said Hunsaker. "I have been meeting with customers from around the world over the past few months, and they are very pleased with the strategy and direction of our product roadmap that will be outlined at Forum."

"It is important for SCO customers to understand that we are committed to provide them with world-class products and services," said Steve Norris, Chairman of Stephen Norris Capital Partners. "SCO Tec Forum is an important opportunity for my team to get to know SCO's customers and partners better. We have been impressed with the loyalty and commitment we have seen from SCO's customers and partners during our due diligence, and we will reciprocate," said Norris.

SCO Tec Forum 2008 is open to current SCO customers and Registered Partners who may register for the event at http://www.sco.com/2008forum/register.html

About SCO

The SCO Group (PINKSHEETS: SCOXQ.PK) is a leading provider of UNIX software technology and mobile services. SCO offers UnixWare for enterprise applications and SCO OpenServer for small to medium sized businesses. SCO's innovative and reliable solutions help customers grow their businesses everyday. SCO owns the core UNIX operating system, originally developed by AT&T/Bell Labs and is the exclusive licensor to UNIX-based system software providers. The Me Inc. product line focuses on creating mobile platforms, services and solutions for businesses and enhances the productivity of mobile workers.

Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide network of resellers and developers. SCO Global Services provides reliable localized support and services to partners and customers. For more information on SCO products and services, visit http://www.sco.com/.

SCO and the associated logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of The SCO Group, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

About SCO Forum

SCO Forum, in its 22nd consecutive year, is an annual technology event hosted by The SCO group in which partners and customers come together to network and share ideas while receiving product roadmaps and direction from company executives. This years Forum 2008 event is exclusive to registered SCO customers and partners. More details will be available soon regarding the specific location, times, agenda and details at http://www.sco.com/.

Forward Looking Statements

The statements contained in this press release regarding (i) the Company's exit from bankruptcy and new course as a company, (ii) the commitment of Stephen Norris Capital Partners to the customers and partners of SCO, and (iii) other statements that are not historical facts, are all forward-looking statements and are made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties. We wish to advise readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to developments with respect to SNCP's due diligence investigation, the negotiation of definitive agreements with SNCP, financing arrangements, confirmation of a plan of reorganization, the outcomes and developments in our Chapter 11 case, court rulings in the bankruptcy proceedings, the impact of the bankruptcy proceedings or other pending litigation, developments in our litigation, our cash balances and available cash, continued competitive pressure on the Company's operating system products, which could impact the Company's results of operations, adverse developments in and increased or unforeseen legal costs related to the Company's litigation, the inability to devote sufficient resources to the development and marketing of the Company's products, including the Me Inc. mobile services and development platform, and the possibility that customers and companies with whom the Company has formed partnerships will decide to terminate or reduce their relationships with the Company. These and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated are discussed in more detail in the Company's periodic and current filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007, Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2008, and future filings with the SEC. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date.

The SCO Group, Inc.


  


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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl?
Authored by: Nick_UK on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 02:39 PM EDT
Heh. That is all I can do....

Nick

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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 02:50 PM EDT
"Stephen Norris and Mark Robbins of Stephen Norris Capital Partners (SNCP)
who together recently committed to sponsor a reorganization plan of The SCO
Group Inc. ("SCO")..."

I thought they hadn't yet committed to anything (and even if they did, it's been
withdrawn anyway). I seem to remember something saying they still had to do some
due diligence (which would be wise, methinks).

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Corrections Thread
Authored by: Ed L. on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 02:54 PM EDT
If any. Please provide a clue in the title of your post. Thanks.

---
The dream of vengeance is the darkest of dark, sad dreams. -
Stephen R. Donaldson

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Forgot to tell the marketing department?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 02:56 PM EDT
My first thought is that this press release was planned weeks ago, and was put
into the "marketing pipeline" with a planned release date of today,
and then upper manahement and the legal department forgot to tell the marketing
department to cancel the press release after they withdrew the motions.

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SCOG out of touch with reality ...
Authored by: nsomos on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 02:58 PM EDT
For a normal organization, it would be most odd.
For SCOG however, it is just another day, another
instance of being economical with truth.

I suppose SCOG might figure as long as one person
does not say the contradictory things, it is not
a lie, but simply misunderstanding. So the lawyers
say one thing, management says another, and odds are
that neither bear close resemblance to reality.

SCOG is beginning to be reminiscent of those
folk (before cell-phones) who you would see
walking around in the park, talking to themselves.
They might make grand plans, and tell themselves
funny jokes. If you would take their word for it,
it is you who are strange for not totally understanding
what they are saying.

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News Picks -- Yahoo reply to MS
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:00 PM EDT
Here is the actual press release from Yahoo, quoting the letter to Microsoft in full. It'd probably be a better choice to link to than the pay-view WSJ page. (I found it via a neowin.net article)

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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:03 PM EDT
Something here that hasnt appeared on the radar before; emphasis added.

Key topics at this year's Forum event will include introduction and demonstration of SCO's virtualization strategy, UNIX product roadmaps and direction from new members of SCO's management team.

Well virtualization is kinda top dog in the fashion parade at the moment. This might be nothing, world plus dog wants to make the virtualization pitch these days, or on the other it might be a pointer ...

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inside information
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:04 PM EDT
Excuse me, but since the rest of us must wait until SCO Forum opens on August 10, is he actually saying he is giving advance inside information to customers about a public company that we, the investing public, and the bankruptcy court, can't yet know about?
I work for a publicly traded company, and they are constantly giving briefings to large customers about upcoming product versions and other things that are not yet public information. These customers have signed non-disclosure agreements that state that they will not disclose the information, nor will they use the information to trade in my company's stocks. Basically they have become insiders until the information is released publicly. This is "normal course of business" stuff in the computer software industry.

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At Planet Hollywood
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:04 PM EDT
It is at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The hotel will pay the $500
registration for the conference if you register at the hotel.

Of note is that SCO has used the Mirage and MGM Grand before. The fact those two
appear on the creditor list may explain why the forum is not there this year.

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Where's Darl?
Authored by: overshoot on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:09 PM EDT
If we're going to play that game, you'll have to recruit Iliad.

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  • Alihahd? - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:24 PM EDT
  • Searching for Waldo...n/t - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 05:06 PM EDT
"SCO Operations"
Authored by: overshoot on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:16 PM EDT
Someone please remind me. Isn't "SCO Operations" the one that's not in bankruptcy right now?

If so, maybe they transferred the ongoing Unix business to _operations and just haven't gotten around to telling anyone about it.

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Significant change?
Authored by: mtew on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:21 PM EDT
They now claim to be 'a leading provider' rather than the 'owner' of UNIX. Do
you think that is a significant move in the direction of reality?

---
MTEW

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Keynote - Darl McBride, SCO President & CEO
Authored by: ak on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:28 PM EDT
Monday, August 11,
8:00 am - 9:30 am Keynote - Darl McBride, SCO President & CEO

http://www.sco.com/2008forum/agenda.html

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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl?
Authored by: rsi on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:32 PM EDT
I don't see how they can still be in business on August 10th. They should be
bankrupt shortly after the trial in Utah later this month.

The best thing the "New Management" could do is invite IBM, and Novell
to the Lindon offices and hand over the keys. Let them pay off the other
creditors, hand over all the company's records to the DOJ, and the SEC, and
divvy up the IP assets between themselves.

Then make ALL their IP Open Source, both for the benefit of their
"Customers" still stuck using SCO's software, and as fitting payback
to Darl, and the rest of the "Hole in the Wall Gang"! ;^)

Perhaps we all should buy a plot and a stone at the Lindon City Cemetery, for
SCO once this mess is over! ;^)

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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl?
Authored by: bb5ch39t on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:37 PM EDT
"We are now anticipating our exit from bankruptcy and charting a new course for the company. ...

"I am now anticipating my check from PCH and charting a new course of self indulgence." Well, I can anticipate anything that I want to, regardless of the likelihood of it occurring.

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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:37 PM EDT
How are they going to pay for it? Has the judge in the bankruptcy actually
approved this expense? I know the answer is no. Would this be considered an
"ordinary business expense"? Seems to me another way for SCO to waste
Novel's money.

Dan

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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 03:39 PM EDT
What is also interesting is that this type of event usually involves quite a bit
of
expense. Hotels, airfare, booths, press releases. Have they got permission to

even have this event? It is not exactly in the ordinary course of business...

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Forward Looking Statements
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 04:30 PM EDT
"These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such
statements are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such
statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date."

The whole "Forward Looking Statements" section of today's SCO press
release reads like an open license to lie.

I am sure that the framers of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995 did not have SCO in mind when they wrote the law.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_Securities_Litigation_Reform_Act

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incorrect trademark attribution
Authored by: Alan Bell on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 04:44 PM EDT
"Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation."
Well, yes they are. But why tell us about it in a release that does not mention
those trademarks? Maybe they were mentioned in a draft? Maybe it is
boilerplate?
Seems a bit odd to me.
Perhaps they meant to say:
"UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and
other countries"

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So what if Stephen Norris is a lawyer?
Authored by: Cassandra on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 04:50 PM EDT
Isn't BSF a whole firm of lawyers? So will someone please remind me of precisely how much headway BSF has made arguing the merits of SCO's case? Which is a completely different question to asking how much money they have made from doing it, of course...

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This bit is probably true
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 04:57 PM EDT

"...We have been impressed with the loyalty and commitment we have seen from SCO's customers and partners ..." said Norris.

Well, anyone who is still a customer of SCOX, after what's happened in the last 3 years, must have a level of loyalty that is scarcely credible. There can't be many people in the world who take the concept of loyalty to such a level; how many has Norris found, I wonder?

"Impressed" is putting it mildly. I'd be staggered, amazed, stupefied, overwhelmed if I met someone with that level of loyalty and commitment. I'd question their intelligence and perhaps even their sanity, though.

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Off Thread
Authored by: cbc on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 05:05 PM EDT
A place for off-thread comments that are not news picks.

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York the Second?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 05:09 PM EDT
<blockquote>
"We're working with Stephen Norris on a deal that's better for all. Some
part of it may be an asset purchase, but we're not at liberty to talk about
details yet."
</blockquote>
<p>
Sounds a bit like York the First?
<p>

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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl? - Updated 2Xs
Authored by: tknarr on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 05:10 PM EDT

I'm sure SCO's management does want blood drawn and heads to roll in the litigation. The problem seems to be that SCO is in a singularly bad position to make that happen, while it's opponents seem to be succeeding at those goals regularly. What's the saying, if wishes were horses then beggars would ride?

As far as any purchase of SCO's assets, I think the US Trustee has noted the big stumbling block there: determining which of the things SCO claims to own really are it's assets and not Novell's. I don't think the Trustee's going to agree to any deal involving selling off assets unless and until that's sorted.

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Where's Darl?
Authored by: JamesK on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 05:39 PM EDT
Does this mean PJ will be linking to pictures, where we have to find Darl? ;-)


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This space intentionally left blank.

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Lets see if I got this right.......
Authored by: Stumbles on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 06:03 PM EDT
SCO has succeded in finding some more chumps (investors) and erm, ahem, lawyers
that have actually bought into their scam? It must really be true since O'Gara
has a propensity for getting things straight "from the horses mouth. Though
I suspect her ability at recognizing anatomical correctness to be lacking.

---
You can tuna piano but you can't tune a fish.

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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl? - Updated 2Xs
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 06:06 PM EDT
"We are now anticipating our exit from bankruptcy and charting a new course
for the company. ...

This wouldn't be a new "chapter" the the company's history would it?

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Something smells very bad indeed....
Authored by: tiger99 on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 06:20 PM EDT
Many of us have wondered, for nearly five years now, what was really going on with SCO and their seemingly utterly senseless behaviour. A popular theory, which I still think is likely to be largely true, is that the whole scam was conducted on behalf of a certain obnoxious third party, to FUD Linux, and generally do as much damage as possible to anything which attempted to compete with their illegal Monopoly.

Now, this article, and the last but one, are beginning to identify end-game strategy, and it is looking to be even more devious than we had imagined. (OK, for the pedants, I do imagine that Gates in particular has no practical limit to his deviousness. Sadly his software skills are somewhat more limited.) Now, as yet, there is no clear indication of just what they are really up to, but it does look to me to be quite clear that the intention is to obtain a substantial infusion of cash, not from the PIPE Fairy this time, although I suspect it originates from the same source, so that they can continue the litigation for as many rounds as may be required to fulfill the needs of the Puppetmaster.

But what we don't, yet, know is how the BK judge will view these strange events, and I suspect that his view, nor that of the US Trustee, will not be very favourable. It must seem to be very odd that a company has deliberately frittered away almost all of their assets in the pursuit of bogus legal cases, and is now about to get a new lease of life, so it can do more of the same, without any meaningful business plan, other than a re-hash of all the nonsense about the alleged value of Unix, and the mobile phone spamming stuff, etc.

But this was planned a long way back, when Darl was shouting his mouth off about having sufficient funds to take all the legal cases to their conclusion, when that clearly was not so on the basis of the balance sheet and the rate of spend.

IANAL, but I wonder if creatively engineering a bankrupcy some way in the future, as part of a business plan on behalf of someone else, might be illegal, even criminal? Certainly, it must leave the management wide open for a shareholders class action.

I also think that the comment by Gates the other day about the timescale for their next piece of trashware has some relevance to all this, but the picture is not quite clear yet. Also, Novell, Linspire and Xandros, and very misguided people like Miguel, fit into the vile plan somehow, mostly as disposable pawns. (Darl was such a pawn too, and, I suspect, is about to find out how disposable he is, as far as the Puppetmaster is concerned.)

But I think we have to wait a bit for the real plan to be exposed, and if the BK judge is as astute as he seems to be, and/or has been talking to Judge Kimball, the plans may yet be foiled, and SCO will be put out of their misery. But it seems to me that as soon as Novell is over, the IBM and Red Hat trials need to go ahead urgently, assuming the BK judge can fins a way of allowing that to happen, as one or both of these may expose what has really been going on.

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This could be bad
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 06:25 PM EDT
Now that SNCP is coming out and admitting that it is after SCO's 'assets' (and
SCO is willing to sell off its 'assets' - presumably including those belonging
to Novell), I have to ask who is funding SNCP and whether they are acting as an
agent for some unscrupulous monopoly player that cannot afford to be associated
directly with SCO.

I think it's not only possible, but probable.

The 'bailout loan' failed to gain traction. This direct cash infusion to SCO's
lawsuits sounds even riskier. This would have to be an investor that does not
mind losing $100 Million or so.... Only one corporation comes to my mind...

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Stephen Norris a billionaire?
Authored by: TAZ6416 on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 06:36 PM EDT
One of SCO’s many critics, Al Petrosky, who was at the short 20-minute hearing, reminded us to tell you that Stephen Norris, the co-founder of the Carlyle Group and more recently Norris Capital Partners, the billionaire facilitator behind the deal, is himself a lawyer.

I have no doubt Mr Norris is a wealthy man, but this is the first I have read that he's actually a billionaire.

And if he is a billionaire, why did he have to raise money from the Middle East, he coudl have put in the $95Million himself.

Jonathan

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World of Warcraft
Authored by: Yossarian on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 06:47 PM EDT
>reminded us to tell you that Stephen Norris, the co-founder
>of the Carlyle Group and more recently Norris Capital
>Partners, the billionaire facilitator behind the deal, is
>himself a lawyer – and besides all the legal talent he can
>buy – should be able to appraise SCO’s case himself.

Maureen O'Gara and her description of Mr. Norris
reminds me the stories about Chuck Norris...

Those who don't play WoW, and miss the joke, see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Norris_Facts

The facts are normally absurd hyperbolic claims about Norris's toughness,
attitude, virility, "alpha-male status", sophistication and
masculinity, for example:

If you can see Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris can see you. If you can't see
Chuck Norris, you may only have seconds to live.

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"committed"? Since when?
Authored by: DMF on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 06:57 PM EDT
..(SNCP) who together ... committed to sponsor a reorganization plan of ... ("SCO")
According to representation to the BK, Trustee, et al. nothing had been signed?

Or is "sponsor" the weasel word?

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Three Tricks...
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 07:17 PM EDT
SCO's first trick will be to spend, sell or otherwise dispose of all assets that
may have some future value which IBM/Novell might target when judgment day
arrives. While, at the same time, have a pipeline of ready cash flow to keep the
litigation going piece by piece forever. The object will be to find at what
point IBM, in particular, decide that there will never be any assets to cover
counterclaims and another five years of actions and appeals only serve to waste
IBM's resources which management are obliged to protect. If that doesn't happen
it was still a good shot as a lesson for others.

The second trick is to find a purchaser for IP assets which can then be used as
a basis for a new round of litigation against Linux. This is why SCO needs to
sell Novell's stuff quick and why there will actually be a live buyer. Still, it
might not matter -- the new owner, like SCO, does not actually need to own any
IP to start a lawsuit or two, or a dozen.

And the third trick is to mask all this in some sort of business plan that the
BK court will buy into. The recent press release is advancing this objective.

I can't wait for 2020 season premier of the "SCO Channel" on cable.


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I'll eat all - SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl? - Updated 2Xs
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 07:18 PM EDT
PJ,

As remote as the possiblity is, I would still recommend against that. You
don't have the little beasties that termites do that permits the digestion of
cellulose. A few pages are one thing, but that stack is just too much.

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SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl? - Updated 2Xs
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 07:30 PM EDT
Sell the house before the foreclosure is final. Pay off the bank and get out of
dodge.

Forgot to tell you the roof leaks. The basement leaks. The furnace will run
for about a week. The water heater leaks and can't heat the water above luke
warm. There are holes in the walls too big to patch, and the last tenent took
the bathroom and kitchen fittings. But that's not a problem because the city
has shut off the water because that utility was six months in arrears. The
electric company won't turn power back on until the six months back bills are
paid, and the gas company won't permit the gas be turned back on until the
dwelling is inspected and declared habitable.

Oh yes, there is a state tax lean on the property that must be paid before title
can be transfered, and there is also a civil lean on the property by the
neighbor when they won their lawsuit, but didn't get paid.

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    From Novell 510-4
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 07:40 PM EDT
    "Behind the scenes, though, McBride said SCO's legal team has unearthed
    some details about Kimball rulings that may provide a glimmer of hope for his
    company's ongoing fight.

    "There's one little tidbit that we came across just a few days ago,"
    he said. "Whereas the popular press has said, 'OK, this thing is now over,'
    there is an appeal process and the other fact is that if you look inside that
    appeals process and you take a microscope and look at the record of Kimball's
    summary judgment rulings that have gone to appeals, he gets overturned the vast
    majority of the time. It's nearly two-thirds of the time.
    That was something I was a little curious about myself.

    "This apparently is a [judge] who very regularly, the majority of the time,
    gets [overturned] when it goes to the replay booth.
    That's the one sort of a news fact that's not out there today that [could]
    maybe temper some of this enthusiasm out there" about SCO's troubles.
    "He certainly has a dismal record on appeals.""

    Ha Ha.

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    "We"
    Authored by: mpg on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 08:14 PM EDT
    PJ says: << How can Norris talk about SCO and say "We" are
    committed to our customers? This doesn't smell quite right. >>

    I think PJ is reasonably inferring Norris' use of the word "we" in the
    quote to mean "SNCP + SCO" and is, also quite reasonably, somewhat
    aghast at this.

    Nonetheless, if one were so inclined, one *could* read the word "we"
    in the quote to just mean "SNCP" -- as in, "we here at SNCP are
    committed to helping the customers that are currently SCO's, some day down the
    road, should the dice roll the right way".

    -mpg

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    • "We" - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 08:26 PM EDT
    • "We" - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 08:35 PM EDT
    My least favourite part
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 10:11 PM EDT
    My least favourite part:

    no matter what they tell the bankruptcy court

    What do we supposed to make of that statement?

    (1) MOG is lying about what SCO told her;

    (2) SCO is lying to MOG to spin the public; or

    (3) SCO is going to commit perjury in a federal court.

    These people are going more and more insane every day.

    Frightening. I shudder to read their warped words, not because I feel threatened by them myself, but because their warped words are too close a look into their warped minds.

    I hate to see that kind of ugliness.

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    SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl? - Updated 2Xs
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2008 @ 11:20 PM EDT
    Our Bou vie Bou Darl is spinning a wicked web.

    Toodles

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    Ah, Maureen...
    Authored by: GLJason on Tuesday, April 08 2008 @ 01:04 AM EDT
    Things are supposedly looking even brighter than before.

    SCO lost all its case against Novell, and the trial is about to start that will decide exactly how much they owe Novell. IBM has basically won at every turn and they will be going next. SCO is losing customers and money, and can't resume their cases against Linux users (which they would lose I'm sure) until IBM is decided. Bright indeed. This might be a thin ray of hope they were looking for at least :)

    [...] – and no matter what they tell the bankruptcy court on or about May 11 when they file the new plan you should probably consider that legal fund a blank check.

    No amount of money will make you win a case when you're in the wrong. SCO's already had millions upon millions to work with. A blank check will only get them an appeal, which they'll probably lose. Judge Kimall's given SCO every opportunity to plead their case and I think has made the right decisions for the right legal reasons.

    They want blood drawn and heads to roll.

    They've wanted that since 2003, the only heads that have rolled have been their investors', their partners' and their own.

    [...] Stephen Norris, the co-founder of the Carlyle Group and more recently Norris Capital Partners, the billionaire facilitator behind the deal, is himself a lawyer – and besides all the legal talent he can buy – should be able to appraise SCO’s case himself.

    SCO's new investor is [gasp] a lawyer! He must be right and rulings favorable to SCO should be raining from the sky any minute!

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    Al did not tell her that
    Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, April 08 2008 @ 01:41 AM EDT
    I have not gone back to double check, but I think what happened is:
    When Al was tearing apart the 95 million plan, I think he probably pointed out
    that Noris was a lawyer and should have know the plan was trash.
    She then spun that to make it sound like Al gave her info sounding like he was
    on SCO's side.

    As they say where I come from "I bet al is mad enought to be chewing on
    bullits right about now"

    Dennis H

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    "Al feeding info to Maureen again"
    Authored by: ak on Tuesday, April 08 2008 @ 04:19 AM EDT
    PJ wrote:
    Al feeding info to Maureen again, I see.
    Al Petrofsky published his mail to Maureen O'Gara on investorvillage.com. This is the relevant paragraph.
    Hi Maureen, ...
    By the way, one interesting fact you might want to report, which I'm surprised SCO has omitted from its press releases, is that Stephen L. Norris has a law degree, and was a practicing attorney back in the late 1970s. Presumably that means he is better able to evaluate the legal aspects of SCO's prospects than were previous key decision-making figures like SCO's Chairman Ralph Yarro, SCO's President Darl McBride, Baystar Capital's Managing Member Larry Goldfarb, and JGD Management (d/b/a York Capital Management)'s Managing Director Charles Hale.
    I would never begin a mail to Maureen O'Gara with "Hi Maureen" but more important is that Al Petrofsky represents Ralph Yarro and Darl McBride as people who did not know what they were doing. There is no factual foundation for such an assumption.

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    Will HP sponser this year's Forum?
    Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, April 08 2008 @ 04:58 AM EDT
    Just wondering.
    Dennis H.

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    Isn't MOG a creditor?
    Authored by: globularity on Tuesday, April 08 2008 @ 05:24 AM EDT
    AFAIR MOG is on the creditors list, has she been paid, if not why is she doing
    more shilling? Of course she may not be a real creditor, just a SCO proxy to put
    on the list.

    ---
    Windows vista, a marriage between operating system and trojan horse.

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    Cute..
    Authored by: Peter Baker on Tuesday, April 08 2008 @ 07:51 AM EDT
    Let me get this straight: they didn't have a credible resurrection plan, they
    didn't manage to pull one together in the ample time they had but they're
    asserting they'll have one in the future. They are, in all seriousness,
    suggesting there actually still *IS* a business to make plans for.

    Mwohahahahaaa.

    This case *definitely* needs compulsory drug testing..


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    = P =

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    SCO Forum 2008 Announced by Hunsaker; Where's Darl? - Updated 2Xs
    Authored by: chuck on Friday, April 11 2008 @ 05:19 PM EDT
    For some reason, reading this part just warmed my heart with schadenfreude to
    read this in SCO's own press release:

    > The SCO Group (PINKSHEETS: SCOXQ.PK)

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