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ComputerWorld: SCO welcomes Linux competition

Feb 26, 2000, 00:08 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Robinson)

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"The Santa Cruz Operation Inc.'s (SCO) UnixWare 7 is the operating system squeezed in the middle between Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 and Linux on the low end of the server market, and by Sun Microsystems Inc., IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. on the high end. The latest purchased-server operating system figures from International Data Corp. (IDC) in Framingham, Mass., show SCO's market share shrinking as Microsoft and Linux make headway in the low-end server market: servers used for departments, file-and-print applications and e-mail. SCO, as Mark Twain once said, claims that the news of its death is greatly exaggerated. Computerworld recently interviewed SCO President Doug Michels and Mike Orr, senior vice president of worldwide marketing."

"Has Linux made SCO UnixWare superfluous, as some in the analyst community have said?"

"Michels: There's room in the world for several operating systems. We think Linux has restored balance to the industry, which was veering heavily into a Microsoft totality, as we saw happen with the desktop. A lot of people thought that was going to happen with the server with the (increasing popularity of Windows) NT a couple years ago. Now Linux is showing there are alternatives, but it's still not as stable as UnixWare 7."

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