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SCO World: SCO Meets Disruptive Technology

Oct 21, 1999, 01:50 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Today's disruptive technologies include digital photography and retail over the Internet. And Linux? The upstart OS has the characteristic low margins, ill-defined distribution channels, and uncertain business value of a classic Christensen disruptive technology. Many companies (including IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun, and others) have taken heed of the impact of Linux. They have initiated various market-positioning efforts aimed at thwarting or leveraging the erosive impact of a free OS on their business models. Linux, its champion Linus Torvalds, and the open-source movement have captured the enthusiasm of today's technology industry--companies and users alike. Competitive companies eagerly await a new challenger to Microsoft, while the public hungers for the story of an upstart made good."

"How is SCO dealing with the disruption Linux has created? On the one hand, SCO is meeting the challenge on several fronts. First, Professional Services, a division of SCO, announced at SCO Forum a new series of Linux-related offerings. These offerings are designed to help enterprise customers evaluate and manage the cost, benefits, and risk of open-source technologies. Second, SCO has delivered Linux-app compatibility and offers its Open License Software Supplement as a compendium of SCO-compatible open-source technologies. Third, and perhaps significantly, SCO invited Christensen to deliver a keynote address at SCO Forum, where receptive ears clearly heard his message."

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