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CNET News.com: SCO-Caldera deal brings high-end features to Linux

Nov 16, 2000, 23:58 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Linux is gradually growing up, acquiring features of the Unix operating system on which it's based and that SCO sells. One of the features it's still missing, though, is "clustering," which variously means one computer can take over for another that fails or that a job can be shared among a number of servers in a group...."

"SCO's clustering software is a respected package that analysts say is ahead of competing products from established server giants such as Sun Microsystems, and as such, is a considerable boost to efforts to make Linux a more serious operating system. But the high-end Linux situation is complex."

"For one thing, Caldera Systems and SCO won't bring the full suite of clustering software to Linux, at least initially. For another, Caldera Systems' competitors, such as Red Hat, Turbolinux and Mission Critical Linux, are working on clustering software of their own. And Caldera Systems, with slim revenue and a bruised stock price, has left analysts cautious about its prospects."

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