From the Editors: Darl McBush

February 3, 2009 —  (Page 1 of 2)
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.

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02/04/2009 09:29:01 AM EST

While you are qualified to have an opinion about SCO you have a child-like understanding of government. If you want to be taken seriously as a journalist don't include political opinion again unless it directly relates to what you do know about.

United StatesTyler

02/04/2009 10:45:25 AM EST

Hey "Tyler" this is stated at the top of the article as an opinion. Put on your glasses next time.

United StatesRob

02/11/2009 12:19:57 PM EST

Well, thats great. I'm disappointed to see that you couldn't resist trying to throw a shoe at the former president as he exited. You have a right to your opinion and to print whatever you see fit to print but you can stop sending me those pesky renewal notices. If I wanted to read political opinion/posturing/whatever, I have plenty of sources from which to choose. I was down to only reading Larry O'Brien's column regularly (I think his column is great!) but now your "approval ratings" in my eyes have dropped to a historical low. I won't be voting for your newspaper when the renewal notice comes around but its probably no big deal since I got it free anyway.

United StatesDan

02/20/2009 01:02:40 PM EST

Darl McBush...hilarious. Two historically failed leaders, riding off into the sunset. Like the conservative hoo hah however, I am sure Dan and Tyler have a few trillion to throw onto the "weren't the last thirty years of neoconservative christianism grand" celebratory bonfire. Failed political philosophy=dust bin of history...find something else to use to dominate others guys.

United StatesBlorf

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