From the Editors: Darl McBush
By SD Times News Team
February 3, 2009 —
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As the SCO Group debacle continues to unfold, we can’t help but think that CEO Darl McBride and now former-U.S. President George W. Bush have a lot in common.
Both went to war based on bad information. For Bush, it was the never-located “weapons of mass destruction” he believed Iraq President Saddam Hussein (now executed) was harboring. For McBride, it was the never-proven “Unix source code” that he believed IBM and others harbored in their Linux distributions.
As their respective battles raged on, both tried to strong-arm support. Bush used the leverage of the American presidency to build an alliance of countries willing to send troops into the hot zones. McBride was even less subtle, foisting “SCOsource” licenses on Linux users to protect themselves from SCO’s legal missiles.
Meanwhile, both men were losing their personal wars of public opinion at home. Bush’s approval rating fell to one of the lowest of any president in history. McBride was made a pariah in the software industry. Both, though, kept pressing onward.
Now both have fallen into irrelevance, as Bush departed the White House for his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and McBride leads the auction of SCO’s only viable assets: its mobility software.
But here’s where their paths part. Bush will go back to clearing brush from his land, rarely to be seen again, but McBride still will be hanging around, as SCO holds onto its UnixWare line for as long as it takes to resolve its lawsuits against IBM, Novell and others.
With court ruling after court ruling going against SCO, you would think the company would admit defeat and try to move forward with the mobile division. That’s what it looked like it would do after a court ruling declared Unix the intellectual property of Novell, not SCO, and ordered SCO to pay Novell US$2.5 million plus a per-day penalty.
Apparently, SCO can’t make that payment and still fight the fight, so the company has decided to auction off the piece of its business that had any future.