Interview: SCO's Darl McBride and Chris Sontag (CRN)
Posted Nov 19, 2003 15:38 UTC (Wed) by dbhost
Parent article: Interview: SCO's Darl McBride and Chris Sontag (CRN)
"IBM is the master of creating an illusion that they're being attacked by this big brutal bully SCO when they're the ones attacking us."
Okay for starters, Darl needs to look back at WHO FILED THE FRIGGIN LAWSUIT!
"VARBusiness: Are customers changing their Linux purchasing pattern since SCO sent out warning letters?
McBride: A research report came out saying 80 percent of users had not slowed down. Our take on that is 20 percent have. So one out of five. We sent out our letter three to four months ago and in that period, one out of five have changed. We think that's significant."
And Darl wonders why Red Hat is suing them? Hello, earth to Darl. PUT THE BONG DOWN!
"CRN: So, aren't you crazy to take this on?
McBride: This is a David and Goliath battle. The might and sheer size of IBM against the legal stone that we have, and it just so happens we have a very good legal stone and we have a guy named David [Boies] carrying the slingshot. So we like our chances.
The legal stone is clearly coming from David..."
Okay only severely demented. And if you want to point and David Boies as being some sort of Dream Team legal eagle, how's the whole Microsoft prosecution thing going? How was his success there?
Legal stone? Seems to me more like a crack rock.
This article was a serious diversion into the delerium that is inside the skulls of Darl McBride and Chris Sonntag. And if these guys ARE Mormon, they should be expelled by the church for their very open and very public sin. There is no repentence for their "bearing false witness". I believe these guys are "socially religious" people. Meaning they express a faith they don't really have in order to fit in with their social circles.
And I have been working in the I.T. field for quite a while now, for a large number of companies. Just where are those 2 million SCO servers they brag about? Huh, must be an undernumbered amount of Linux boxes they are trying to lay claim to, or they added about four too many zeroes to the number of SCO Unixware installations.
IBM's best bet for success in this case is to keep this litigation as far away from California as they can (9th Circuit Court you know...), and try to pack the jury with Unix / I.T. professionals (Jury of your peers right?). The subject matter at hand is far too complex for a leisure understanding, and requires some pre - existing knowledge. Can IBM get a fair shake in a court trial with the general public? I seriously doubt it. But then again, they do have some of the best legal representation on the planet.
Of course if SCO does win (very doubtful) the argument, that the GPL violates copyright law (explain that to me please), then SCO is using copywritten works WITHOUT license from a HUGE variety of sources. I only hope developers that have copyrighted material that SCO is using are waiting in the wings to pounce on SCO should they win that argument. The best thing that could happen right now would be a large scale Legal system DDoS attack on SCO. They want to fight IBM, and Red Hat is suing them for restraint of trade, I think Novell should look long and hard at what they can jab SCO with, as should all OpenSource developers etc... Just make sure the claims are unique enough between cases to avoid class action status, and get after it. Keep them busy, and bleed the funding out of them in legal fees and litigation costs.
And while they are at it. Where the heck is the FTC in this matter. Hello guys? Can you say stock manipulation and isider trading? You nailed Martha now go after Darl and Chris would ya?
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