Darl Speaks, Kind of, About BayStar and RBC

Friday, May 14 2004 @ 02:56 PM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

LinuxWorld has the first words I've seen from Darl McBride on the BayStar, RBC events:

"McBride claims he doesn't know any more than we do. He's had barely any contact with the bank and all he knows is that he got a letter from them last Wednesday outlining what it was doing, but not explaining why. He can't see how RBC has strenghtened its position, because they have nonvoting shares and are not on the board. A puzzlement.

"McBride also claims that he doesn't know what BayStar's about either."

He is nearly speechless when trying to describe what it's been like since SCO sued IBM:

"'This is like...,' he's said to himself, groping for an elucidating comparison, only to conclude, 'Nothing...Nothing compares to what's happened in the last year.'"

Maureen O'Gara's report goes on to mention that BayStar's website indicates that they also invested in Burst, which is suing Microsoft:

". . .Burst is the company, reduced to one or two people, that's suing Microsoft for a tidy packet. It's one of the private antitrust suits that Microsoft has yet to settle. . . .

"Burst has no other business outside its suit and evidently is the model BayStar wants SCO to emulate."

If you go to their website and find the page that lists the computer and software companies they have invested in, you will indeed find Burst on the list, and here is how they describe Burst:

"Instant Video Technologies, Inc. (now burst.com), headquartered in San Francisco, California is the leading developer of Faster-Than-Real-Time® and Burst-Enabled® video and audio delivery software. burst.com's Burstware® provides high-quality delivery of full motion video and CD-quality audio over any IP-based network. The company has built an international patent portfolio covering bursting, video delivery scheduling and rapid-casting. Burstware® is a registered trademark of burst.com, and Faster-Than-Real-Time® and Burst-Enabled® are trademarks of burst.com."

But they also list SCO, and if you read their description of the company, it's clear they were investing, or saying they were investing, not just in an IP lawsuit:

"The SCO Group, Inc. is a provider of reliable, cost-effective UNIX operating systems and software products and solutions to small and medium-sized business markets. SCO solutions include UNIX platforms, messaging, authentication, e-business tools, and services that include technical support, education, consulting, and solution provider support programs. The Company’s SCOsource division was formed in January 2003 to review and enforce its UNIX intellectual property rights. It is also developing Web-based applications, products, and services to facilitate connections to the Internet for its customers. SCO has a worldwide presence with representation in 82 countries. This infrastructure enables SCO to provide local support and dependable solutions to businesses around the world. Additionally, SCO has a channel of more than 11,000 solution providers, a developer network of nearly 8,000, thousands of direct account customers, and an installed base of more than two million systems."

Fair is fair, and it's obvious that it is BayStar, not SCO, that is trying to change the terms as to what kind of company SCO is or should be. Burst is clearly listed as a patent portfolio company, and SCO is listed as a provider of "reliable, cost-effective UNIX operating systems and software products" who also has a SCOsource IP rights program.