"For many years there have been large gaps between the Windows,
UNIX, and Mainframe systems. Many companies have a need for
accessing Windows, UNIX and Mainframe applications over a network.
Typically this would require a sizable amount of work to be
performed on the server and client sides. This architecture creates
many administration headaches. Moving the administration away from
the client machines and to the server can typically save a
tremendous amount of time...."
"SCO by successfully reverse engineering the Microsoft RDP
protocol (Remote Desktop Protocol) and creating a product called
Tarantella is offering a product that allows a Linux server to
serve Windows, UNIX as well as the legacy (TN3270) Mainframe
applications. SCO has essentially moved the operating system
to the network (NOS). This provides a seamless interface for users
to access the applications served from various servers."
"There is one thing to note here. Tarantella acts as a
"application broker". This means that Tarantella uses a Windows
server to serve up Windows applications, these applications are not
served directly from the Tarantella server. This helps keep down
the administration requirements. The Windows server does not need
to have any third party software (such as Tarantella) installed on
it. This is where a lot of problems can occur. Instead what SCO has
done is left the application servers in tact and thus creating more
stable servers. Clients will connect to the Tarantella server and
access the Windows applications through it."
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