CNET News.com: Caldera Systems expands SCO Unix acquisition plans

“Linux seller Caldera Systems has changed the terms of its
planned acquisition of Santa Cruz Operation’s Unix products, adding
more software to the deal, delaying the closing date by a quarter
and agreeing to pay SCO $31 million in cash.”

“The main reason for the change is that OpenServer customers
were confused about which company would support that software
said Benoy Tamang, vice president of strategic development at
Caldera Systems. “It confused them so much that it was time to make
changes,” he said.”

“In addition, the acquisition of OpenServer allows Caldera
Systems to control the software’s future, making it easier for the
company to proceed with its plan to encourage customers to switch
either to Linux or to UnixWare
, Tamang said.”

“SCO stopped development of OpenServer in 1999, and Caldera
Systems plans to continue with SCO’s practice of only minor updates
while encouraging customers to migrate to other operating systems,
Tamang said.”


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