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ZDNet: This ain't no tradeshow - A reshaped SCO rallies the troops or at least tries to soothe them

Aug 30, 2000, 06:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"Part pep rally, part study session, part sales pitch, and part schmoozefest, Forum has a far different atmosphere than any conventional tradeshow. In addition to keynotes from the usual industry suspects, previous Forums (or is that Fora?) have brought the likes of Dilbert creator Scott Adams and various rock bands to the secluded hills of the UC Santa Cruz campus. If nothing else, what sets this gathering apart from what most Linux fans are used to is that this one actually has a significant female component -- a certain indicator of the SCO crowd's advanced maturity...."

"This year, however, it wasn't quite the same. With the Caldera purchase of SCO just weeks old, everyone was still digesting the news. A significant contingent from Caldera was here to listen and to be heard, and to calm the uneasiness of an SCO community understandably nervous about the takeover."

"I'm not sure it had completely sunk in, to those assembled, that the company known as SCO will no longer exist very soon. Most of its Unix-related assets, as well as its worldwide infrastructure and development teams will go to Caldera. Once the deal is finalized, the company will become the top Linux vendor in terms of staff size, global reach and revenue. Caldera will have rights to use the SCO tree logo and the letters SCO in the marketing of existing products, though it's not certain how long the SCO branding will stick around."

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