Interview: SCO's Darl McBride and Chris Sontag (CRN)
Posted Nov 19, 2003 23:19 UTC (Wed) by jre
Parent article: Interview: SCO's Darl McBride and Chris Sontag (CRN)
You were right that the interview, although infuriating, is illuminating as to the "thought processes of SCO's management."
Again and again, Darl McBride's words reveal a man who deeply believes that business is a game of intimidation, and that the justice system is just a tool to intimidate:
"There are only two industries who use the term 'users,' computers and drugs. Not sure if there's a connection there."
"when IBM dragged GPL onto the table, our lawyers started sharpening their steak knives. 'Ok, if that's what you want to talk about , we'll talk about it.'"
"The third bucket has to do with the IBM settlement. We filed that at $3 billion. Every day they don't resolve this, the AIX meter is still ticking...."
To understand Darl McBride, you need to know that this is a guy who has personally profited from litigation, and has learned well that the legal system can make a fine weapon.
To understand how a thug like this could find himself at the helm of a formerly respectable high-tech company, you need to know that SCO/Caldera is controlled by people like Ralph Yarro, who were present the last time Caldera made any money. As it happens, Mr. Yarro accomplished this by exploiting a lawsuit's nuisance value to shake a large firm down for a settlement.
The lessons of their experience have not been lost on Darl McBride and Ralph Yarro. To them, the concept of making money by creating value for the customer is alien, incomprehensible. They understand only force and the threat of force. For that reason, no settlement with SCO will ever be acceptable. They need to be defeated utterly.
Oh, yeah, and the ground strewn with salt. Don't forget the salt.
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