"After suffering two straight quarterly losses and watching its
Unix operating systems get overtaken in market share by upstart
Linux, The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. (SCO) threw in the towel last
week and agreed to sell its Unix and professional services
businesses to Caldera Systems Inc. for about $120 million in cash
"Once the sale goes through, SCO plans to focus primarily on its
Tarantella software, a piece of middleware that lets end users
access applications running on various server platforms from their
Web browsers (see story). In an interview with Computerworld, SCO
co-founder and CEO Doug Michels discussed the deal with Caldera and
"Q: Any regrets about the deal?"
"A: No, this is the right deal at the right time, I think. This
is the deal that's the best answer for our customers, our
employees, our shareholders and the industry as a whole . . .
If you combine the recent antitrust actions [against Microsoft
Corp.] and the excitement around open-source [software such as
Linux], we are really seeing a time now where operating systems are
an open question again. People are open-minded, they're looking at
choices, they're excited about open source. But they're
worried about how do they buy it, and how do they [make sure it's
secure]. And I see an opportunity here to really affect the
landscape, to have a significant impact on the future of the
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