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Smart Partner: Linux's Next Move - SCO ponders penguin politics in the shadow of a major upgrade

Jul 17, 2000, 20:36 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph C. Panettieri, Steven J Vaughan-Nichols)

"As linux 2.4 enters another round of testing, SCO is in negotiations to distribute a version of Linux from MandrakeSoft."

"A source close to SCO confirms that the negotiations were ongoing as of July 13. Officials from SCO and MandrakeSoft, which is based in France, would neither confirm nor deny the potential partnership. SCO already offers support services for Caldera and TurboLinux. Targeting Linux could be SCO's last hope for branching out of the Intel-based Unix market. The company on July 10 warned analysts that its Q3 earnings would not meet Wall Street's expectations. Critics say Y2K budget concerns, along with the shift to Windows NT and Linux, have hammered SCO's business."

"Meanwhile, the third test release of Linux 2.4 hit the Web on July 10, with the final kernel release expected this fall. The major upgrade could push Linux beyond workstations, low-end servers and Web servers, to the wider, more profitable world of enterprise computing. If Linux 2.4 delivers on its promise, analysts say the operating system will be better positioned to compete with IBM AIX, HP-UX, Sun Solaris and Windows 2000 for the enterprise. It also could steal more market share from SCO UnixWare, hence the company's interest in Linux."

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