SCO Scores Low On Industry Good Will

Linux Today's Jacqueline Emigh reports that SCO's CEO Darl McBride's recent Linux announcements found few fans at Comdex, CDXPO or ApacheCon.

With its recent pronouncements about suing Linux customers and BSD, SCOs Darl McBride doesnt seem to be scoring very well in the good will department, judging from the reactions of Las Vegas showgoers.

McBride spelled out some of SCOs latest plans at least three times yesterday: in a press teleconference; a speech at Jupitermedias Computer Digital Expo (CDXPO) in Las Vegas, and a press briefing just afterward.

Attendees at Comdex and Apache.Con--two other shows going on in Las Vegas this week--responded to the news with a mix of anger, frustration, bemusement, and concern.

In one conference session at Comdex, a showgoer asked panelists to comment on how the SCO dispute will affect desktop Linux. "Darl McBride should be put in a cage with IBM, (so they can) fight it out," replied one of the speakers.

"The situation is very unfortunate," according to David Kipping, director of business development for Trolltech, who also spoke at Comdex. SCO has gone through a number of changes over the years, Kipping pointed out, in an interview at Comdex.

Click here for more reactions from the Las Vegas shows to SCOs latest moves.


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