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Smart Partner: What's Next For Caldera And SCO

Aug 04, 2000, 21:22 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"The deal is done, SCO Unix and Caldera Linux are now under the same management, but what does that mean for the future of both companies and operating systems?"

"In general, Doug Michels, SCO CEO and president, believes that, there is "tremendous motion in the computer industry at large and we're at a fundamental turning point. There are two trends. One is the emergence of open source and the other is the adoption of the Internet in the area of business computing." Caldera has chosen to ride the open-source side with operating systems for business and e-business. SCO, however, is focusing solely on Internet business computing, specifically application service providers by investing all of its efforts in Tarantella."

"According to Ransom Love, Caldera Systems' CEO and soon to be CEO of the combined SCO divisions and Caldera Systems, "Caldera has a proven track record of releasing the most important stuff to the open community. We haven't decided on which license to use yet. For standards, GPL makes a lot of sense and every product we'll ship with source code...."

"While some Linux purists would argue that there's no need to borrow from Unix. Others point out that such UnixWare features as ACL-based security, scalable SMP, logical volume management for storage, high-availability clustering and the VERITAS File System (VxFS) for fast file system recovery would be welcome additions to Linux."

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