First SCO Licensee Stars

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-03-11 Print this article Print

on Microsoft Marketing Site"> Also helping raise the suspicions of those in the open-source industry that Microsoft is behind the funding of SCO and its many lawsuits is the fact that SCO recently announced that EV1Servers.Net, the dedicated hosting division of Houston-based Everyones Internet, had signed an intellectual-property-licensing agreement with SCO, granting the firm the right to use Linux. At the same time, EV1Servers.Net is also listed prominently on the Microsoft "Get the Facts" Web site, and even is posted as an industry case study that shows "the benefits of investing in Microsoft Windows instead of Linux through case studies profiling live installations."
The case study is entitled "Leading Hosted Service Provider Deploys Windows-based Hosting Solutions Faster than Linux-based Solutions" and was posted to the site on September 15, 2003.
It states that "using the Server Provisioning component of the Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting version 2.0, EV1 has discovered that it can deploy a Windows-based server, along with the Ensim WEBppliance Pro control panel, in less than half the time it takes to deploy a Linux server with the same control panel." Asked about the relationship between Microsoft, EV1Servers.Net and SCO, Microsoft spokesman Martin would only say that "Microsoft had no involvement in the EV1 and SCO relationship. Microsoft is pleased to call EV1 a customer and an industry partner. However their dealings with other companies are their own." Microsoft has been stepping up its assault on open source and Linux following the loss of many high-profile customers to Linux, many of them governments and governmental agencies and departments. In December the Israeli government said it would encourage the development of lower-priced alternatives to Microsoft software in an effort to help expand computer use by the public. The governments of Britain, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, China, South Africa and Russia are also all exploring open-source alternatives to Microsoft, while federal agencies in Germany, France and China are all already using or considering open-source alternatives. But Microsoft has been fighting back and has actively been lobbying governments around the world not to embrace open-source applications and Linux. To that end, Microsoft last January announced a new global initiative to provide governments around the world with access to Windows source code under its Government Security Program, designed to "address the unique security requirements of governments and international organizations throughout the world." Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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