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Linux Journal: Ransom Love's Secret [Caldera] Master Plan for Linux and UNIX

Aug 24, 2000, 00:22 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

"...here's Ransom's advice for ISVs developing for future SCO products. It's simple. "Develop to Linux now." If he's sure about nothing else, Ransom is sure that Linux is the UNIX-on-Intel standard. As for the ISVs, "None of them are going to be able to say that they don't want anything to do with Linux." Whether the ISVs ultimately decide to support Linux or not, they will be learning it."

"But this doesn't mean SCO's current offerings are off the menu. They're just getting a coat of Linux paint. "Partners and OEMs need high-end today, and UnixWare can fill that role today." The Linux kernel personality on UnixWare is being demonstrated here at the show, and is now undergoing performance tuning and testing. It will be a released product within a few months. So there's your write-once solution for those two OS flavors, anyway."

"So, Linux, UnixWare, Openserver, Monterey (or whatever they're calling it now) — what is the secret master plan? I draw a chart — OSes down the left, years across the top, fill in "Linux 2.4" in 2001 with a question mark, and ask Ransom to fill in the rest. Arrows sprout from Linux and spread like fungus tendrils into the "UnixWare" and "Monterey" areas — that's the compatibility thing — and a big arrow moves forward into the future along the UnixWare/Linux dividing line. This represents the spawn of Linux and UnixWare, an über-OS with a yet-to-be-determined licensing policy. Ransom says you'll be able to see the source code, but parts will be open source, and parts will be "viewable source" — you'll be able to read it, but not modify and redistribute it."

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