McBride Bullish on the Battle Over Unix
SCO does not agree with the notion that software is supposed to be free, and is fighting for the industry's right to make a living selling software, SCO CEO Darl McBride told attendees today at the SCO Forum 2003.LAS VEGASSCO does not agree with the notion that software is supposed to be free, and is fighting for the industrys right to make a living selling software, SCO CEO Darl McBride said in his keynote address here on Monday morning at the start of SCO Forum 2003. "We have been pushed into a corner, and we will fight back," he said. "We find ourselves in the middle of the battle of the century and will continue to be subject to attack. There are rumors of pies in the face for McBride and [senior vice president Chris] Sontag here," he said, quipping that there were also rumors of SCO protesters on the Strip carrying signs saying "SCO to Hell." Citing the background to the lawsuit SCO filed against IBM in March, McBride said that when SCO started charging for its Unix class libraries earlier this year, Big Blue was vocally opposed to this and threatened to stop working with SCO and to get its partners and customers to stop supporting SCO if it proceeded with that plan.
As soon as SCO announced that class library intellectual property initiative, "IBM stopped working with us and cut us off. We were thus backed into a corner and decided to fight back," he said.