SCO's CEO says buyout could end Linux fight
His comments came in response to an analyst's proposed scenario
TODD R. WEISS MAY 30 2003
"If there's a way of resolving this that is positive, then we can get
back out to business and everybody is good to go, then I'm fine with
that," McBride said today in an interview with Computerworld. "If that's
one of the outcomes of this, then so be it."
"I'm not trying to*up the Linux business," he said. "I'm trying to
take care of the shareholders, employees and people who have been having
their rights *led on."
"Even if you potentially had a problem [with concerns about Unix code
in Linux back then], what are you going to do?" McBride asked. "Sue
Linus Torvalds? And get what?"
"The notion that we're going to sit back and let the Linux steamroller
go over us at our expense, at the shareholders' expense, makes zero
sense to me."
"It's sort of like somebody stealing your car, and you hunt them down
and you find them, and they say you can have your car back, but there's
no penalty for that," McBride said. "If there's no penalty for stealing
property, then where are we?"
June "will be show-and-tell time," McBride said. "We're not going to
show two lines of code. We're going to show hundreds of lines of code"
that allegedly violate SCO's intellectual property.