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Caldera Changes its Captain but Stays the Course

Say Hi to the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss?

  • June 27, 2002
  • By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Founder Ransom Love may have stepped away from the wheel at business Linux company Caldera (http://www.caldera.com), but new CEO and President Darl McBride of Caldera will be staying the Caldera course.

In a day of many changes for Caldera, what was perhaps the most significant was how much stayed the same. Although long time CEO and President Ransom Love moved out of the executive office, he's moving right into de facto leadership of UnitedLinux, where he'll serve as first among equals in guiding UnitedLinux through the shoals of fine details needed to take UnitedLinux (http://www.unitedlinux.com) from good general idea to specific products and market strategies.

Darl McBride may be new to Linux, but he brings 18 years of executive management and leadership experience to Caldera's helm. Immediately, before coming to Caldera, he was president of Franklin Covey's (http://www.franklincovey.com) well thought of online planning business. Before that he had been CEO of PointServe and CEO of SBI and Company, a professional services company with strong IBM and Oracle ties.

While McBride may not know Linux, he does know Love and others of the Caldera executive team having worked with them at Novell. He also knows where he wants to take Caldera and that's to keep them on the course they're already on. Specifically, Caldera remains committed to its reseller channel, UnitedLinux, its older Unix platforms such as OpenServer and OpenUnix (formerly UnixWare), small to medium businesses and its distributed enterprise customers like Eckerd Drugs and McDonalds. In short, McBride says, "Caldera has the right products, services, sales channels, and employees to be a very successful company."

McBride specifically said that that the SCO Unixes are not going away. As he noted, "McDonalds isn't going to give it up anytime soon." While admitting, "customers aren't buying much new SCO Unix," he continues, "they're also not switching either." He believes that once the economy levels off, the older Unix products will sell again.

Looking ahead, McBride sees resellers becoming even more important to Caldera. Besides continuing support for UnitedLinux and its Unix products, he stated that bringing Web Services and the Volution line of server applications to small and medium sized business customers will be an important part of Caldera's future strategy and for that to happen, "resellers are essential."

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