DesktopLinux.com: Interview with SCO's Darl McBride
Sep 04, 2002, 23:30 (12 Talkback[s])
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"Dressed in a leather jacket, black pants, and wraparound
sunglasses, McBride showed how Harley came back from the edge of
eternity by investing in its heritage. SCO, he promised, will do
the same for its re-sellers and consultants, reviving one of the
oldest and most successful UNIX brands. Never mind that the outside
world has never heard of the millions of servers running SCO. Their
time will come.
"Taking on the 'Linux is free' myth, McBride offered to sell the
audience a plastic cup of water. Then he held up a nicely labeled
bottle of pure water, which easily sells for $12/gallon or more.
This is how you'll make money, he said. You'll have the SCO brand
once again, and our Linux will be powered by UnitedLinux, certified
enterprise-ready by IBM and H-P...
"McBride: Yesterday was the longest day of my
life. I only got a few hours' sleep last night and the night
before. But I was energized by the reception from our community. We
knew from our focus group work that there would be a strong
resonance in going back to the (SCO) brand. I had no idea it would
be over the top exuberance..."