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ConsultingTimes.com: Caldera Withdrawal From Compaq Deal: Good News for Linux?

Jun 02, 2001, 18:14 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

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"Caldera may be heading down a path of self-destruction," after putting the kibosh on a deal with Compaq that halted production of the next release of Compaq's UnixWare-based non-stop clusters. "Perhaps if Caldera continues on the path of moving away from GPL, this would turn out better for the Linux community. With all the consolidation occurring in the Linux business space, perhaps a few strong players makes better sense for the future of Linux. Perhaps even an operating system called Red Hat might just be the best commercial solution for Linux," maintains the column.

"One has to question Caldera's strategic maneuverings. Some of the questions we might ask include how they can continue their relationship with the large OEMs like Compaq? Are they becoming another SCO? If so, how could following a troubled company like the former SCO make sense in the market? How much damage have they done by outwardly attacking the GPL? If they did move toward BSD would that community welcome them? "

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