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October 11, 2003

Roblimo XP, SCO Delays, Sunncomm

A few interesting items that are worth reading from the past couple of days:
Robin ‘Roblimo’ Miller tries out Windows XP
Rob is one of the people behind and has used alternate operating systems (e.g. linux, freeBSD) for the past few years. He recounts his experience in trying a Microsoft operating system for the first time in 5 years here. In it he has some insight for both alternate OS users and Windows users–especially users hesitant to try linux. A good and funny read, written with a bit of a alternate OS slant admittedly.

Redhat and IBM backing SCO into a corner to begin discovery
Redhat has filed with the courts to force SCO to begin the discover phase of the trial and IBM is turning up the heat in the same area, filing papers with the court to force the discovery forward in their case. Seems SCO doesn’t want to play ball with either party. They have provided IBM with tons of documents but not one iota of information to answer the questions posed to it under the discovery process–instead pointing only at the crates of documents (some 500,000+ pages) saying “it’s all right there.” In the RedHat case SCO is stalling and asking the court to delay discovery citing that they are in current discovery with IBM and entering discovery with RedHat right now would cause undo strain (pressing the 2 copies button on the xerox) on them. More reasonably they argue that they have filed a motion to dismiss tha case and if they win that there would be no point in beginning discovery now. The discovery filing by redHat reads like a geeks dream of this situation—basically every question the community wants answers to is covered by both the requests for documents and the interogatories.

Sunncomm decides not to sue Princeton student over brain-dead security scheme
Congratulations to Sunncomm’s president/CEO for taking the right path, after the day before threatening to level a suit and DMCA violation charges against a researcher at Princeton. Grad student John Halderman exposed Sunncomm’s latest copy prevention scheme as being extremely vulnerable to circumvention, counter to the original claims of Sunncomm and the music industry. SunnComm alleged that Haldermann’s report caused Sunncomm to lose $10 Billion in valuation on the stock market. Maybe it’s because you(Sunncomm) made some rather optimistic and authorative sounding claims of having a secure method of preventing unauthorized copying of music from audio CD’s, and a grad student showed that it only takes one key–the shift key–to undo all that. Lesson: don’t claim to have a silver bullet when you know you don’t. Investors and stock people bought up your stock because you claimed to have the fix, and they saw all the labels would be clamoring to have your tech. When they saw that the claims were, shall we say overoptimistic, they dumped the stock, or at least lightened their exposure, because it is not something that every label will clamor to have–especially when both you and BMG acknowledged they knew of the weaknesses.

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