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The Register: Double-spinning Caldera faces open source backlash

Aug 03, 2000, 11:18 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Although Caldera CEO Ransom Love gave a bravura performance in conference calls yesterday after the company announced its intention to buy-out SCO's UnixWare product and services businesses, the path to ascendancy is far from smooth. And Love might just have made it a bit rockier with conflicting messages to the press and financial communities about just how open SCO's intentions are."

"Meanwhile, the husk of what's left of SCO - surely soon to be renamed Tarantella Inc., a name it's already incorporated - faces a tricky rope bridge to cross which largely depends on a rapid growth of Tarantella software continuing before its cash supply is exhausted. More of that in a moment."

"Caldera's problem is this: the crown jewels of the acquisition are a mature server Unix, and clustering technologies. The Linux environment in which Caldera operates expects these to be returned as open source, and frowns on the laggardly time-release ploy used by TurboLinux. But Caldera has little choice but to take such a route, as it indicated yesterday."

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