You Don't Say?

Friday, July 11 2003 @ 04:20 AM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

A Japanese reporter now says that McBride denied going to Japan to meet with CELF members:

"He also denied reports that he had come to Japan specifically to meet members of the newly-formed Consumer Electronics Linux Forum. 'I am here to speak to large Linux vendors about their businesses, so that both sides can find mutually acceptable solutions for the alleged Linux IP infringement issues,' said McBride in response to the question about the purpose of his visit to Japan. . . . Moreover, when asked about the implications of newly formed CE Linux Forum, whose membership includes Sony, Matsushita (Panasonic) and other Japanese heavy weights, McBride said so far, he had not made any plans to speak to any of them."

Compare that with what a SCO spokesman told EETimes on July 7:

"A decision by eight consumer giants, most of them Japanese, to throw their support behind Linux has the chief executive officer of SCO Group on the move. Darl McBride, whose company recently launched a legal attack on Linux for alleged contract infringements, will go to Japan this week in an attempt to prove his point with some of the manufacturers that came together last week as the CE Linux Forum (CELF).

"McBride, who is fluent in Japanese, will visit with several founding members to show them code samples in which the Linux open-source operating system allegedly damages SCO's Unix business, said an SCO spokesman. CELF's eight founders are Hitachi, Matsushita, NEC, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba. 'Members of that consortium are lining up in droves to view that source code,' the spokesman said."

I rest my case.

Translation from SCOSpeak: the trip didn't go well.