"If there is another company that appears to be in danger of
having one vision too many, I'd venture to say it is Caldera.
Caldera started off as a Unix project, and then became a Linux
company. Now it is a Unix company, and it is not called Caldera any
more, but has taken the name of SCO, from which it bought the
eponymous Unix arm barely two years ago.
"This latest move by Caldera--sorry, The SCO Group--coincided
neatly with the holiday season, so the company has not had much of
a chance to explain exactly what its strategy now is. But two
things are clear: first, the departure, just before this latest
announcement, of chief executive Ransom Love to head up the
UnitedLinux project indicates that he was not entirely enthralled
by the decision, though one wouldn't expect him to say so publicly.
Second, the change of strategy has former Novell chief executive
Ray Noorda's fingerprints all over it.
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