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Linux Journal: Caldera Offers a Serious Choice

Aug 03, 2000, 00:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hughes)

"I see changes, and virtually all of them are good. One of the hard-sell issues with Linux has always been, "It's free, so how can it be any good?" Each month for the past six years, we have addressed this in Linux Journal and we have had some serious successes. But, you continue needing to address it as new companies consider Linux. With one company offering a choice — UNIX or Linux — you can offer the potential customer a choice. Those of us who have been in the Linux camp for any length of time know that in most cases, Linux outperforms SCO UNIX. Allowing the customer to choose without having to change vendors or support organizations should help Linux penetrate new markets quickly."

"The next big change is applications. While the number of applications available for Linux is growing, it needs to grow faster for Linux to gain significant market share in areas other than web and file service. Having UNIX and Linux coming from the same company will make it much easier to get applications written, ported, and most importantly, supported in both environments. SCO's huge existing support structure is a big win here."

"Finally, SCO along with Sequent and IBM have been working together on what is called the Monterey project. This project aims to deliver a single UNIX product line spanning the Intel IA-32, IA-64 and Power PC platforms. Intel has been working with IBM to ensure that the product is optimized for the IA-64 architecture. Having this cooperation under one roof — a Linux-based roof — is going to make it much easier to go head-to-head with NT for server solutions."

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