"CRN: But some would claim you are trying to
destroy the Linux industry.
"McBride: No. Whose making money off Linux? Red
Hat barely had its head above water and it's right back down again.
If you look closely, a lot of the Linux distributors have gone out
of business on this model. You have to ask, who is making money?
And it's IBM. IBM is making money on boxes and IBM Global Services.
If you're this company, don't you have an interest in the operating
system being commoditized because there's more money in hardware
and services? Linus Torvalds regulates the trademark and determines
what goes in and out of the kernel. So who is the policing agency
that checks the code and makes sure there aren't IP violations?
Linux doesn't have IP roots. If it's true that IBM has violated,
let's get some roots in the ground on this.
"CRN: Have you talked to Red Hat?
"McBride: Yes. We approached Red Hat [about
licensing source code libraries] and they thought [our claim] was
interesting. They said they'd talk about it, but then called back
and said we'll pass [on licensing the source code from SCO]. [Red
Hat Chairman and CEO Matthew] Szulik said copyright issues scare
him. But Red Hat has had a free ride. In its IPO filings, one of
the warnings to investors stated clearly that Red Hat may be
violating IP and one day they may have to step up and pay
royalties. Why not? Every time I ship a copy of my operating
system, I pay royalties to Novell and Veritas. There will be a day
of reckoning for Red Hat and SuSE when this is done. But we're
focused on the IBM situation..."