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

Sep 13, 2000, 18:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"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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