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Aug 28, 2003, 18:00 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, Joe Barr)

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"Between hate mail from open source supporters and love notes from investors, life isn't easy inside SCO. There have been more hated technology companies; IBM and Microsoft immediately come to mind. But they weren't pounded earlier this week by a successful Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack despite the efforts of open source leaders like Eric Raymond to stop it. And no one's written a Nigerian spam parody for their CEOs. At the same time, though, some stock buyers love SCO's aggressive Unix intellectual property stance and its Linux licensing schemes. Say what you will about the merits or demerits of the case, life at SCO is like being in the eye of the hurricane.

"Darl McBride, SCO's CEO, couldn't agree more. 'It's interesting to wake up in the morning because you never know what will happen on a given day. You realize you're in the middle of the hurricane. I was brought in to run this company, and then when we decided to start protecting our IP, our first decision was whether we were going to fight or get taken out early. Since we made that decision to fight for our property rights, as we unravel the yarn, it just becomes bigger than you thought it could possibly be going in...'"

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