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LinuxPlanet: SCO Turns Cartwheels for SCOx

May 19, 2003, 20:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

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"Like an overindulged child, SCO never wants to step away from the limelight any more. Today's move to license Unix to Microsoft is just the latest in a series of unexpected and often contradictory actions from the unpredictable vendor. Take, for example, SCO's product plans for its annual users conference in August. SCO's announcement last Wednesday of intentions to stop selling Linux came barely two months after the rollout of SCOx, a framework touted back then as able to run on both SCO Unix and Linux by August. Then, in an interview last Friday, SCO officials spelled out a new set of specifics for SCOx.

"Now that SCO has stopped selling Linux, SCOx will work not with SCO Linux, but with 'unauthorized Unix derivatives,' according to Erik Hughes, SCO's director of product management. Oh, and by the way, SCOx won't be running on top of the Linux kernel, either, Hughes added during Friday's interview with LinuxPlanet.

"Meanwhile, many folks have been wondering why SCO waited till last week to desist from Linux when--if the company's pending charges against IBM bear any weight--SCO must have been aware of intellectual property violations since at least as early as March..."

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