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CNET News.com: Caldera Systems expands SCO Unix acquisition plans

Feb 12, 2001, 16:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Linux seller Caldera Systems has changed the terms of its planned acquisition of Santa Cruz Operation's Unix products, adding more software to the deal, delaying the closing date by a quarter and agreeing to pay SCO $31 million in cash."

"The main reason for the change is that OpenServer customers were confused about which company would support that software, said Benoy Tamang, vice president of strategic development at Caldera Systems. "It confused them so much that it was time to make changes," he said."

"In addition, the acquisition of OpenServer allows Caldera Systems to control the software's future, making it easier for the company to proceed with its plan to encourage customers to switch either to Linux or to UnixWare, Tamang said."

"SCO stopped development of OpenServer in 1999, and Caldera Systems plans to continue with SCO's practice of only minor updates while encouraging customers to migrate to other operating systems, Tamang said."

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