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ComputerWorld: Caldera's acquisition of SCO's Unix business gets mixed reviews

Aug 03, 2000, 20:18 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss, Dominique Deckmyn)

"Caldera Systems Inc.'s acquisition of the Unix server and services businesses of The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. (SCO) gives Caldera access to a large installed base of users and a strong distribution channel. But doubts are emerging on whether Caldera can successfully merge open source and proprietary product lines without betraying its roots in the Linux community."

"I'm very skeptical about this deal," said Stacey Quandt, an analyst at Giga Information Group Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif. "They can't [release UnixWare] under the General Public License because there are probably parts of code that belong to third parties. They are walking a thin line between open source and a proprietary operating system...."

"In a conference call with analysts, Caldera CEO Ransom Love said it isn't yet clear under what type of license the SCO technologies will be released. He said developers would get access to source code but that Caldera would hold on to ownership of some of the code. "Ownership [of code] is not a bad thing; it's actually a good thing," said Love. "It protects [code] quality."

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