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ZDNet UK: Unix and Linux: Lessons learned, lessons passed on

Jul 24, 2000, 18:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"...Linux, thanks to its broad open-source underpinnings, has overcome the interoperability troubles that bedeviled SCO Unix and its competitors. And, more than just that, it showed that an open-source, open-standard approach was much more successful than the proprietary ones of the older Unix vendors. So it is that Caldera, a newish Linux firm, is now taking over SCO's far older Unix business."

"Incompatibility and the resulting company competition remain potential problems, however. To avoid the mistakes that lead SCO to its tarnished winner's crown, Caldera needs to open up SCO's Unix applications using either the GPL or Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) license, and thus make the good parts of Unix available to the entire Linux and open-source development community."

"By making sure it doesn't buy into the Unix business' bad old tricks and staying a Linux company at heart, Caldera can earn a true victor's crown. Unix's branding and technology, the SCO's reseller channel -- they all count for a lot. But, using the open approach to create a much broader market for all Unix like operating systems will be Caldera's best move. Otherwise, Caldera and Red Hat may be duking it out for No. 1 ... in the 5 percent of the server and enterprise market left free of Microsoft operating systems circa 2004."

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