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The Register: Caldera, SCO deny takeover talks

Jul 20, 2000, 10:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"According to reports - well, one anyway - Caldera Systems and the Santa Cruz Operation are in discussions which could see the Linux company acquire SCO's OpenServer and UnixWare operating systems. SCO also owns the rights to the UNIX trademark, and sits atop a pile of ye originale AT&T Unix code, some of which it's been judiciously leaking as open source over the past year."

"Smart Partner, the US channel publication formerly known as Smart Reseller but renamed to sound like a dating title, reckons that if successful the negotiations would see SCO's Tarantella division head off under its own steam. That would leave SCO to concentrate on services, effectively becoming Caldera's service division but with a remit to look for Any Other Business."

"Whacky stuff, right? Well the two do have some similarities, most notably a religious reliance on indirect distribution channels. And the two have devoted much of their energy into going after the same business: SMEs, retail and replicated sites."

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