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CNET News.com/Gartner: Commentary: After SCO deal, Caldera needs a Linux-Unix vision

Sep 08, 2000, 18:56 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by George Weiss)

"Caldera Systems' plan to purchase the server and services units of struggling Unix vendor Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) puts a new spin on the evolution of Linux. To succeed, however, Caldera must articulate a coherent road map for OpenLinux and SCO OpenServer."

"After the initial excitement over newly public Linux companies, Caldera's stock price declined, seriously trailed Red Hat, showed no immediate prospects of profitability, and became part of the souring investment attitude toward Linux companies over the past few months...."

"As Gartner has predicted, Linux will become more closely tied to Unix as common features and functions are exploited. To keep SCO customers from drifting to Windows 2000, Caldera must deliver a coherent road map for SCO's OpenServer and Caldera's OpenLinux and must clarify the data center UnixWare strategy for Intel's IA-64 processors (from SCO's work on Project Monterey)."

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