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ZDNet: Evan Leibovitch: The AIX and pains of 64-bit computing

“SCO worker bees have been screaming about these horrors for
most of the two years this ‘partnership’ has been in place. We’re
mystified as to how this relationship got this far out of control.
From what I can tell, we exchanged several person-decades for the
privilege of being an AIX VAR.”

“Strong words, but ironically the commandeering of Monterey by
IBM may suit Caldera’s interests better than those of the
pre-Caldera SCO. Having IBM maintain AIX L at the very highest end
— in the thin air of 32-CPU systems and huge installations, which
Linux won’t be ready to handle for a while — leaves Caldera to
concentrate on the low end where Linux and SCO 32-bit operating
systems are jostling for the same mind share.”

“Allen said he doesn’t see any problem with Caldera positioning
and selling six different operating systems. But I just can’t see
it as a sustainable model. In my own opinion SCO blew its brains
out by forever (it seems) selling multiple OS platforms that did
many similar functions but were largely incompatible.”

OpenServer, SCO’s cash cow for the latter part of the 90s,
can’t do a single thing that UnixWare or Linux couldn’t do better,
faster, and/or less expensively.
But VARs who have installed
OpenServer have a lot of hours invested in systems and methods that
have been on auto pilot for many years. Caldera will need to
provide OpenServer tools on Linux that will allow for relatively
painless migration.”


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