An astute observer noticed a message on Yahoo!'s SCOX Message Board, checked it out and then posted on Sourceforge that one of the officers of SCO, Senior VP, Technology, just cashed out:
"Monday June 09, 2003 - [ 01:32 PM GMT ]
Topic - Business
Read article at - messages.yahoo.com
"An Anonymous Reader writes "Opinder Bawa, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Global Services at The SCO Group, sold all his stock last week. On Tuesday, 2003-06-03, Bawa sold 15000 shares at $6 per share . That's all the stock that he directly owned. On Wednesday, 2003-06-04, Bawa exercised options for 7916 shares at $1.20 per share and sold all 7916 shares at $6.60 per share . That's the remainder of 22,916 shares and options shown for Mr. Bawa in the 2003 proxy statement ."
I'm sure we can all think of any number of perfectly valid reasons why a man who is the highest tech guy in SCO, which presumably would include looking at code, might sell every last bit of stock he owns in the company he works for.
In other news, SCO's home page, both here and in Germany, now displays the "Relax. Worry Free Software" motto. That makes it official to me, anyway, that this is their PR campaign. First, create legal worries about using your competitor's software, then offer yours as a "worry-free" option. Eww. Would execs actually fall for that? Personally, I don't see how software from a company that some, many, say is about to go out of business can possibly be described as worry-free. Unfortunately there are no laws against PR. That's a joke. There probably are. If not, this should qualify for there-oughtta-be-a-law.
I did some research on the judge this case has been assigned to. After I get some paid work done, I'll post it. I have to say, though, that on balance it'd be hard to find a judge I'd feel better about hearing this or any other case. He appears to be a courageous guy, a brainiac with a heart. Even a sense of humour. But mostly he's a judge who thinks it's important for judges not to have an agenda of their own and to judge according to the law. He isn't thrown by elaborate detail, and he's sat on patent and trademark cases before, even a software patent case.