They will be telecasting Darl McBride's speech at CdXpo -- 'There's no free lunch ... or free Linux' --
so no need to travel, unless you want to participate in the later discussions or have other reasons for wanting to attend. To watch the "There's no free lunch ... or free Linux" speech, just go here on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time/5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
They really want you to see this, apparently, so there will be "a replay of the teleconference, made available 60 minutes following the live Webcast. This replay will be available for 30 days following the live event." [Update: You can get it here]
This is how they describe themselves this time in this press release:
The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX), the owner and licensor of the core UNIX operating system source code, helps millions of customers in more than 82 countries to grow their businesses. Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide network of more than 11,000 resellers and 4,000 developers. And Blake Stowell isn't the only PR rep at SCO now. He isn't even mentioned first. Now it's Marc Modersitzki, then Stowell. Plus they have the PR firm, Schwartz Communications. Spin, spin, spin.
Update: Here is the speech, as MP3.
Update 2: On November 5th, SCO put out a press release, describing the talk:
Darl McBride, SCO Group CEO, to Deliver CDXPO Keynote Titled 'There's No Free Lunch - Or Free Linux'
Executive Offers Company's Position On Free Economic Models, A Perspective on SCO's Lawsuit Against IBM and Defending Intellectual Property Rights in a Digital Age
LINDON, Utah, Nov 05, 2003 -- The SCOŽ Group (SCO) (Nasdaq: SCOX), the owner of the UNIX operating system, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Darl McBride, will deliver a keynote address at the Enterprise IT Week/Computer Digital Expo (CDXPO) conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m. The conference and keynote will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
In his address titled "There's No Free Lunch -- Or Free Linux," McBride will present his perspectives on the prospects of free industries, SCO's suit against IBM, and why intellectual property must be protected in a digital age.
"The Internet created -- and creatively destroyed -- great wealth. It also created a culture legitimizing intellectual property theft," said McBride. "When you defend intellectual property, you speak an unpleasant truth. People don't like to hear unpleasant truths. The alternative to this fight, however, is the death of an industry and thousands of jobs lost."
McBride will also explore how the information technology industry - software, hardware, networking and services -- depends on money passing from one hand to another, asserting that the livelihood of engineers and developers rests on paid models, even as those developers donate time to free projects such as Linux. McBride will lay out his assertion that without paid software, there would be little or no free software. At the conclusion of his keynote, McBride will be available for media questions.
McBride's keynote will be followed by a Town Hall discussion moderated by Jack Powers, conference chairman of Enterprise IT Week and director of the International Informatics Institute.
The SCO Group, Inc.(Nasdaq: SCOX) helps millions of customers in more than 82 countries to grow their businesses everyday. Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide network of more than 11,000 resellers and 4,000 developers. SCO Global Services provides reliable localized support and services to partners and customers. For more information on SCO products and services, visit http://www.sco.com .
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