Darl McBride became the CEO of the SCO Group (formerly known as Caldera) in June 28, 2002. During his tenure, Caldera renamed itself the SCO Group, and on March 7, 2003 initiated litigation against IBM regarding the intellectual property status of the Linux operating system.
From 1988 to 1996, he worked at Novell, where at first he was in charge of Novell Japan and later was vice president and general manager of Novell's Embedded Systems Division (NEST). He left Novell to become senior vice president of IKON Office Solutions. Forbes magazine website reports he sued IKON in 1997, winning a settlement that he says was worth 3 million. He was also involved in two startups, SBI and Company, a professional services company, which he founded and served as CEO, and later was CEO of PointServe, a software company, both of which he raised venture capital for. From August 2, 2000 McBride was the president of Franklin Covey's online planning business until a few months prior to his recruitment for the SCO Group.
Recently, he has become very unpopular amongst the open source and Linux communities due to the SCO v. IBM Linux lawsuit in which he has had higher than usual involvement for a CEO (as opposed to just letting the legal department of SCO do everything).