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ZDNet UK: Linux gains Unix reliability; SCO's LKP lets Linux apps make use of Unix scalability

Feb 19, 2001, 17:34 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Veitch)

"The viability of combining Linux with an established enterprise Unix will be tested this month, with an open beta release of SCO's Linux Kernel Personality (LKP) for UnixWare 7. LKP is a software layer that allows Linux applications to take advantage of Unix scalability, clustering and huge memory support by running on the same system and sharing UnixWare kernel functionality."

"The technology could offer a valuable interim solution for firms keen to tap fast-growing developer support for the Linux open source environment while buttressing it with the technical and skills infrastructure of Unix. A commercial release of LKP -­ described by SCO as a "penguin suit with Unix horsepower underneath" -­ is set for June. By that point, Linux giant Caldera is due to complete its acquisition of SCO's operating system interests."

"We've tested with an independent agency and LKP runs very well, even on clusters," said Caldera chief executive Ransom Love. "The Linux 2.4 kernel is not everything everyone is claiming it to be and still does not have a lot of the features the Unix kernel has had for years. It will probably take another three years to build a [truly enterprise-ready] Linux kernel."

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