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Today America, Tomorrow the World!
Tuesday, August 19 2003 @ 02:00 PM EDT

SCO plans an Anschluss of GNU/Linux in Europe, in addition to the US land grab. That is the conclusion I reach from reading today's press release:
The SCO Group Announces Appointment of Gregory Blepp

Tuesday August 19, 8:03 am ET

Former VP of International Business at SuSE Joins SCO As VP of SCOsource in Europe

LINDON, Utah, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The SCO Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOX - News), the owner of the UNIX® operating system, today announced the appointment of Gregory Blepp as vice president of SCOsource. Blepp will report to Chris Sontag, the senior vice president and general manager of SCOsource, the division of SCO tasked with protecting and licensing the company's UNIX intellectual property.

Blepp, a former VP of International Business at SuSE, brings to SCO a wealth of experience in marketing and business management from time at Network Associates and Computer Associates. Blepp's appointment is taking place at SCOForum in Las Vegas this week where he is being introduced to SCO partners and resellers.

"We're pleased to have Gregory Blepp join SCO to assist in our efforts around SCOsource in Europe," said Chris Sontag, senior vice president and GM, SCOsource. "We look forward to using Blepp's talents and expertise in assisting the company to properly license SCO's valuable UNIX intellectual property."

About The SCO Group

The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX) helps millions of customers in more than 82 countries to grow their businesses with UNIX business solutions. 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 all partners and customers. For more information on SCO products and services visit http://www.sco.com.

SCO and the associated SCO logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of The SCO Group, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries. All other brand or product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.

I like the knighthood being bestowed at SCOSource, with its catchy theme, Mission: Trained to Sell. I am sure his mommy is very proud of him for this great career move. And it does seem just right for a marketer to be the number two guy at SCOSource. I don't think that's the fit we'd normally have thought of, so it just goes to show how creative those wacky guys are in Utah. Bet Blepp will love Utah. Why, shucks, I even like his name for his assignment. I don't think Dickens could have invented anything better, and there's no denying that our Alice in Wonderland metaphor is starting to feel a little too nice and too sweet for what is now going on, and a Dickensian shift seems in order. Bleak House comes to mind. So all in all, Blepp seems the right man for the job.

Here's hoping he's out of a job so fast that he never even shows up as a blip on the radar.


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