No one has taken SCO's lawsuits against Linux-using companies seriously for years, but somehow or the other, SCO kept hanging on like a bad cold that you couldn't quite shake. That's because SCO CEO Darl McBride doesn't know the meaning of surrender. Time after time, McBride would come up with a new buyer or a re-take on a long dead anti-Linux legal claim, and SCO would stagger forward once more. Until now. This morning, October 19th, SCO filed an 8K with the SEC, which announced that the company had fired McBride.
It took them long enough.
To be more precise, SCO, under the order of the Bankruptcy Court, has "eliminated the Chief Executive Officer and President positions and consequently terminated Darl McBride." That leaves COO Jeff Hunsaker, CFO Ken Nielsen, and General Counsel Ryan Tibbitts nominally in charge. It's clear as glass though that Edward Cahn, the Chapter 11 Trustee and former chief U.S. district judge, is the one who's really calling the shots.
I'm not sure what Cahn will do with SCO, but I can be certain he's not going to pour whatever is left of SCO's resources into paying lawyers to drag out SCO's endless anti-Linux litigation. That was McBride's job. As Pamela Jones of Groklaw commented recently about SCO's last amazing dodge from the grave in June: "At the absolute last minute, SCO instead walks in with yet another proposed deal, claims extraordinary circumstances, and wants to go forward with that instead. Everyone in the courtroom but SCO and the judge view it as gaming the system and deliberately sandbagging again."
Need I add that nothing came from this proposed deal? I thought not.
You have to give McBride credit. While I dislike SCO, he did an amazing job of fighting a hopeless battle. It's a pity he was working so hard and so well for such a fundamentally wrong cause.
Does this mean that we can finally make funeral arrangements for SCO? I wish!
But I do think this means that SCO's anti-Linux lawsuits are dead. Yet the question of who actually owns Unix's intellectual property — SCO or Novell — was recently reopened. Since that's the only thing SCO might own that would have real value, I can see Cahn keeping SCO's doors cracked open long enough for that issue to be resolved.
That all this means is that I think SCO will stagger on into 2010. It's anti-Linux lawsuits though? When McBride left the company, they died once and for all. Good riddance.