Newsflash: Darl McBride has no credibility

I was thumbing through an old issue of The Linux Journal (August 2003 issue) and found an excerpt in the "They Said It" section that I just had to repeat here (I've taken a larger excerpt, but the important part is the last sentence):

The then-Caldera legal team was appointed the task of coming up with a review of the history of Caldera's intellectual properties and their status. The review turned up a stack of license agreements that had gone uncollected for years. To date (remember, McBride has been on board as CEO for only a few weeks), Caldera has already come to agreements with holders of these old licenses that will generate $600,000 in recurring revenue.

The intellectual property fishing expedition has provided The SCO Group with the legal due diligence to now lay claim to UNIX itself. According to Opinder Bawa, new Senior VP of Technology, "we own the source to UNIX; it's that simple. If we own the source, we are entitled to collect the agreed license fees."

To my fellow folk in the Linux community, you need not fear. I specifically asked if, in making that broad a statement about UNIX, The SCO Group was making any legal claim to Linux. According to McBride, "obviously Linux owes its heritage to UNIX, but not its code. We would not, nor will not, make such a claim."

(Emphasis mine. Source: Linux Journal, August 2002.)

This is old news and has been reported widely. Might as well report it here too.


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