10.20.09

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Confirmed: Darl McBride Termination is a Sacking

Posted in Courtroom, GNU/Linux, SCO at 4:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“You’re fired!”

Hot fire

Summary: Darl McBride was pushed or forced outside the company rather than him deciding to leave

YESTERDAY we wrote about Darl McBride's termination, as shown in SCO’s very own filing. We were careful not to jump to the conclusion that he was fired, but it turns out that he was.

According to Slashdot, it’s possible that someone just found the form, which was already days old. Could SCO have kept deliberately quiet about it? Probably. Linux Today is exceedingly happy and GNU/Linux-oriented Web sites give it special attention. It’s an important event for the SCO timeline and it was eventually covered in the mainstream press yesterday (in the late afternoon and onwards). Articles include:

The Inquirer: SCO sacks Darl McBride

The filing reads, “On October 14, 2009, The SCO Group, Inc.,… announced that the Company has eliminated the Chief Executive Officer and President positions and consequently terminated Darl McBride.”

Ars Technica: SCO fires CEO Darl McBride, architect of litigation strategy

SCO CEO Darl McBride has finally been let go by the serial litigator. In an SEC filing published today, SCO reveals that the controversial CEO has been ousted as part of the latest reorganization plan.

Heise: SCO vs. Linux: SCO trustee fires SCO boss Darl McBride

The press release is more forthcoming, describing this as a clear signal that SCO is looking to continue to pursue its various lawsuits under the stewardship of the Chapter 11 trustee, “The company is also looking to raise additional funding and sell non-core assets to bolster working capital. These actions will allow the Trustee to preserve cash and the value of the business while enabling the Company to proceed with asset sales, pursue litigation against, among others, IBM and Novell, and to continue supporting SCO’s loyal UNIX customer base.”

ComputerWorld: SCO fires CEO Darl McBride

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.

The Register: SCO boots boss McBride

Unix code claimant SCO Group has jettisoned its controversial captain, Darl McBride, as part of the company’s latest scheme to emerge from bankruptcy.

Groklaw concludes as follows: “So… I wonder what McBride will put on his resume?”

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