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From: di...@sco.com (Dion)
Subject: SCO apologizes for that stupid marketing hit-piece
Date: 1997/12/05
Message-ID: <669jho$4i4@hobbes.sco.com>#1/1
X-Deja-AN: 295561608
Distribution: world
Organization: The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
Keywords: we are very sorry
Newsgroups: comp.unix.sco.misc,comp.os.linux.misc,comp.os.linux.advocacy



Shamim Formoso has asked me to post this letter to appropriate
newsgroups.  Please feel free to propogate it as you see fit.  I
wish to add my personal apology, on behalf of SCO, to you 
Linux enthusiasts.  
-Dion

Dion L. Johnson II  - The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. - di...@sco.com
Czar of Free Stuff and Technical customers' advocate.
400 Encinal St.  Santa Cruz, CA 95061   

============================================================================

Dear Linux Users,

Recently some of you have received a letter sent by SCO Services Sales,
promoting the features and benefits of SCO Unixware technology in comparison 
with Linux and presenting a competitive trade-in offer to switch from Linux 
to SCO Unixware products.

Regrettably, that letter was created and mailed out without adequate
reviews. SCO wishes to apologize to you as the content and the tone of the
letter was offensive. We assure you that measures have been taken to ensure
that such an occurrence does not happen again.

For almost 20 years of UNIX system leadership we have taken pride in
treating competitive products--and more importantly, their users--with
respect and dignity. These days, it is more important than ever for both
users and vendors of UNIX products, including Linux, to recognize the
essential goals and some of the challenges we have in common, and to work
towards developing innovative solutions using the appropriate tools as each
of us sees fit.

While SCO is committed to offering the best and most innovative solutions
for its customers, we respect and value the creativity of other vendors from
which mutually beneficial innovations are born. In this spirit, I request
your acceptance of our sentiments and that the good folks at Red Hat post this
memo along side the original letter on their web site.

Sincerely,
Shamim Formoso,
Vice President, Partner Programs, SCO

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From: rich...@cogsci.ed.ac.uk (Richard Tobin)
Subject: Re: SCO apologizes for that stupid marketing hit-piece
Date: 1997/12/08
Message-ID: <EKvIJ1.IqL@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>#1/1
X-Deja-AN: 296276074
Sender: cn...@cogsci.ed.ac.uk (C News Software)
X-Nntp-Posting-Host: pitcairn
References: <669jho$4i4@hobbes.sco.com>
Organization: HCRC, University of Edinburgh
Keywords: we are very sorry
Newsgroups: comp.unix.sco.misc,comp.os.linux.misc,comp.os.linux.advocacy


>These days, it is more important than ever for both
>users and vendors of UNIX products, including Linux,
                      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

This appears to be an admission from the owners of the alleged UNIX
trademark that Linux is Unix.

-- Richard
--
Because of all the junk e-mail I receive, all e-mail from .com sites is
automatically sent to a file which I only rarely check.  If you want to mail
me from a .com site, please ensure my surname appears in the headers.

From: Bela Lubkin <be...@sco.com>
Subject: Re: SCO apologizes for that stupid marketing hit-piece
Date: 1997/12/10
Message-ID: <9712100312.aa02674@vagabond.armory.com>#1/1
X-Deja-AN: 296801135
Sender: n...@xenitec.on.ca (xenitec.on.ca News Administrator)
References: <669jho$4i4@hobbes.sco.com> <EKvIJ1.IqL@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
To: "post article to comp.unix.sco.misc; please followup there" <sco...@xenitec.on.ca>
Submit-To: sco...@xenitec.on.ca
Organization: work for SCO, speak for myself
Newsgroups: comp.unix.sco.misc,comp.os.linux.misc,comp.os.linux.advocacy


Richard Tobin wrote:

> >These days, it is more important than ever for both
> >users and vendors of UNIX products, including Linux,
>                       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> 
> This appears to be an admission from the owners of the alleged UNIX
> trademark that Linux is Unix.

SCO does not own the Unix trademark.  SCO has never owned the Unix
trademark.  Novell bought it from AT&T, then gave it to X/Open.  X/Open
became The Open Group, the current owners of the Unix trademark.

This is all a matter of public record.

What SCO bought was the source code and distribution rights for System V
Unix, which is just one family of Unix versions.

>Bela<

-- 
Sandy and Bela Lubkin are traveling around the world for a year!  Now posting
from Leicester UK; Edinburgh next.       +Please do not Cc: me on news posts!
Our stories and pictures are at: http://www.armory.com/~alexia/trip/trip.html

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