SCOs McBride Heads to Japan to Explain Linux Stand

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-07-08 Print this article Print

SCO's CEO will spend a week in Japan not to threaten legal action against those Japanese corporations running Linux, but rather to educate them on his position with regard to the open-source operating system and Unix.

Darl McBride, CEO for The SCO Group, is in Japan this week for a weeklong visit where he will meet a number of the Lindon, Utah, companys OEM partners in that country to explain his stand on Linux as well as to brief the Japanese press. SCO in March filed suit against IBM for more than $1 billion in the State Court of Utah alleging that Big Blue made "concentrated efforts to improperly destroy the economic value of Unix, particularly Unix on Intel, to benefit IBMs new Linux services business." It also sent letters to 1,500 CEOs around the world, including some in Japan, warning them that Linux is an unauthorized Unix derivative and that they could face potential legal liability for using it.
But Blake Stowell, SCOs director of corporate communications, told eWEEK on Monday that McBride does not intend to use his trip to threaten legal action against those Japanese corporations running Linux, but rather to educate them on his position with regard to the open-source operating system and Unix.
The trip is not a precursor to legal action against a Japanese company, he said, adding that McBride wants to fully explain his position to the Asian business leaders, many of whom already pay SCO to use Unix, he said. McBride speaks fluent Japanese after living in Japan for five years when he helped start Novell Inc.s Japanese operation. He is not being accompanied by Chris Sontag, senior vice president and general manager for SCOs intellectual-property division, and also has no plans to travel elsewhere in Asia or to any other country at this time, Stowell confirmed. Last month SCO said it had terminated Big Blues right to use or distribute its Unix-based AIX operating system. SCO asked the court for a permanent injunction requiring IBM to cease and desist all use and distribution of AIX and to destroy or return all copies of Unix System V source code. The court has not yet responded to that request.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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