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NetworkWorld: Caldera's big move

Aug 23, 2000, 22:49 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"The deal, expected to close by October, involves the transfer of 17.5 million shares of Caldera stock (28% of the company) to SCO. In return, SCO gives up its operating system business to Caldera, but retains its Tarantella middleware product line. Caldera also announced it would begin offering a new Open Internet Platform (OIP) product, which will combine Linux and Unix technologies, along with the Linux and Unix services the two companies offer."

"There are many startling facts in this story. The deal automatically takes Linux start-up Caldera from second place in the nascent Linux market to first place in the 30-year-old-plus Unix market. According to Unix market share data from IDC, SCO held 37.2% of Unix license shipments last year, dwarfing industry giants such as Sun, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. To think that Caldera is now in that same league will probably take some getting used to by enterprise customers."

"Most recently, there were reports that SCO had even been working on a Linux distribution of its own. That project probably won't see the light of day now, but any of the planned features SCO had intended for the new Linux distribution - clustering, SMP and remote server management improvements - will probably be integrated into the next version of OpenLinux."

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