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The Jem Report: Comparing Server OSes: Why SCO UNIX Is A Bad Idea

Jul 28, 2003, 17:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

[ Thanks to dnc for this link. ]

"There are many different kinds of Unix out there, but very few of them are actually related to the original Unix code that is copyrighted by the Santa Cruz Operation (SCO). Development on the original Unix (UNIX System V) has been dead for a long time, but its codebase is kept alive through SCO's OpenServer and UnixWare operating systems as well as licenses which extend to other operating systems like IBM's AIX. The advantages of using a derivative of the original Unix source code are nil, but there are still some advantages to using a trademarked UNIX. Previously the primary advantages were that a trademarked UNIX could generally support more high-end server and workstation hardware, could support more of a workload, and could utilize the power of computers and clusters that contained multiple CPUs. But all of that is changing with the new generation of non-trademarked Unix systems like GNU/Linux and *BSD...

"Looking over the OSes we've been talking about in this article, there are a few things that stand out. The first is that SCO's UnixWare and OpenServer are underpowered, overpriced, and lacking in scalability and security. Furthermore the company is highly unstable, having gone through a long period of financial loss before deciding to blackmail corporate GNU/Linux users with legal threats backed by invisible and baseless claims. To add to it all, SCO refused to respond to any of my queries about product features, leading me to believe that most of their information is mindless propaganda. In short, the company stinks, their products stink, and you'd be insane to buy one of their operating systems for any environment, let alone a corporation with sensitive and important data. SCO may be the 'true' Unix, but it's also the weakest..."

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