Linus Torvalds Buys SCO. Monetizes Linux.
Today marks the end of an era for SCO, the embattled company whose officers thought that they owned the full rights to the UNIX code, is no more. Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, purchased the company for just over $4 million. The company will be renamed to Linsco to reflect its new ownership and new direction. I interviewed Linus via Skype yesterday afternoon about this purchase. The transcript of that conversation, in its entirety, is below.
KH: Hello, Linus, it's great to talk with you on such an auspicious occasion. You bought SCO!
LT: Thanks, Ken. It's nice to meet you too, virtually speaking that is. I follow your columns and writings quite closely.
KH: Yikes, I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
LT: (Laughs) It's mostly good. You have an interesting perspective on things, for sure.