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wkt [Postscript: Uncertainty]
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 On the [[http://​minnie.tuhs.org/​PUPS/​oldnews.html|13th of May, 2000]], SCO changed the price of their early Unix source licenses to $0, i.e. free. I don't seem to have an e-mail trail that describes the motivation behind this; however, by this time Dion had passed the early Unix reins over to David Eyes at SCO ([[http://​www.tuhs.org/​Archive/​Documentation/​Emails/​dionj_wkt.html#​2.2.32.19981123234323.009a45c0@mammoth.sco.com|e-mail]] dated November 1998). On the [[http://​minnie.tuhs.org/​PUPS/​oldnews.html|13th of May, 2000]], SCO changed the price of their early Unix source licenses to $0, i.e. free. I don't seem to have an e-mail trail that describes the motivation behind this; however, by this time Dion had passed the early Unix reins over to David Eyes at SCO ([[http://​www.tuhs.org/​Archive/​Documentation/​Emails/​dionj_wkt.html#​2.2.32.19981123234323.009a45c0@mammoth.sco.com|e-mail]] dated November 1998).
  
-SCO now provided a [[https://​web.archive.org/​web/​20000815225122/​http://​www.sco.com/​offers/​ancient.html|click-through page]] on their website where one could obtain the source license, and SCO still notified me of the new license holders. However, the click-through page (once clicked), gave the new license holder [[http://​minnie.tuhs.org/​PUPS/​pupsfaq.html|a link to the Unix Archive]].+SCO now provided a [[https://​web.archive.org/​web/​20000815225122/​http://​www.sco.com/​offers/​ancient.html|click-through page]] on their website where one could obtain the source license, and SCO still notified me of the new license holders. However, the click-through page (once clicked), gave the new license holder [[http://​minnie.tuhs.org/​PUPS/​pupsfaq.html#intro|a link to the Unix Archive]].
  
 By March 2001, over 1,800 people had either bough the US$100 Unix source license or had obtained the free Unix source license (e-mail to David Eyes). At this stage, SCO were in the process of selling the Unix business over to Caldera. I had asked David: "​What'​s happening with Caldera and the transfer of this IP, and is there anybody there that I can contact yet?" (//​ibid.//​). David wrote back: "The transaction still hasn't closed. ​ I believe that the public word is that it will likely close in April. ​ There was a last-minute renegotiation regarding the rights to OpenServer, which Caldera will now own completely as well." (//ibid.//) By March 2001, over 1,800 people had either bough the US$100 Unix source license or had obtained the free Unix source license (e-mail to David Eyes). At this stage, SCO were in the process of selling the Unix business over to Caldera. I had asked David: "​What'​s happening with Caldera and the transfer of this IP, and is there anybody there that I can contact yet?" (//​ibid.//​). David wrote back: "The transaction still hasn't closed. ​ I believe that the public word is that it will likely close in April. ​ There was a last-minute renegotiation regarding the rights to OpenServer, which Caldera will now own completely as well." (//ibid.//)
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