"Linux is gradually growing up, acquiring features of the
Unix operating system on which it's based and that SCO sells. One
of the features it's still missing, though, is "clustering,"
which variously means one computer can take over for another that
fails or that a job can be shared among a number of servers in a
"SCO's clustering software is a respected package that analysts
say is ahead of competing products from established server giants
such as Sun Microsystems, and as such, is a considerable boost to
efforts to make Linux a more serious operating system. But the
high-end Linux situation is complex."
"For one thing, Caldera Systems and SCO won't bring the full
suite of clustering software to Linux, at least initially. For
another, Caldera Systems' competitors, such as Red Hat, Turbolinux
and Mission Critical Linux, are working on clustering software of
their own. And Caldera Systems, with slim revenue and a bruised
stock price, has left analysts cautious about its prospects."