Darl McBride Fired, Litigation Continues

Darl McBride. It’s the guy everybody hates. Well, he is no longer in charge of SCO, the UNIX vendor who relentlessly litigated against Linux vendors: he has been fired as part of the Chapter 11 restructuring plans for the company. Sadly, the litigation does not end with him, as SCO’s new leadership has said in a statement they will continue the litigation.

As we all know, SCO claimed that a lot of UNIX System V code ended up in the Linux kernel. The company threatened to sue a whole lot of Linux vendors, trying to get them to pay licensing fees; the litigation was a massive failure, and even internal memos from SCO showed that even in their own investigations they couldn’t find any evidence to support their claims.

Darl McBride, then-CEO, was the face of the company during that time. Even after being more or less pounded to pulp by the courts, McBride insisted Linux included code from UNIX System V.

In an SEC filing published today it was revealed that McBride has been fired from the company as part of the reconstruction plans suggested by Chapter 11 trustee assigned to SCO by the US Department of Justice. COO Jeff Hunsaker and CFO Ken Nielsen will now lead the company together with the trustee. Several others will be fired too.

“These actions, while difficult, are essential to SCO becoming a more agile and efficient company, not just for this year, but for years to come,” said Hunsaker, “This restructuring plan reinforces SCO’s ability to continue to sell and support its products while servicing the needs of our customers and partners on a worldwide basis through the stabilization of our financial situation.”

In a statement, the company’s new leadership also stated that they plan to continue the litigation, and that they will continue the appeal process currently under way. They also plan to keep supporting their UNIX products.

So, Darl McBride off stage, but the τραγῳδία continues.


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