LinuxWorld: SCO to Netherlands Distributor: 'Tough Luck!' Distributor to SCO: 'See You in Court!'
Sep 15, 2003, 17:00 (21 Talkback[s])
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"In a phone conversation today with Erik Monninkhof, CFO and
co-founder of Dupaco, the sole distributor of SCO product in the
Netherlands, I learned that it's not just competing Linux
distributions that are suffering since SCO changed management.
"According to Monninkhof, Dupaco has had a relationship with SCO
for 18 years. In 1986, they drove from COMDEX in Las Vegas to Santa
Cruz and, for $5000, became distributors of SCO Xenix in the
Netherlands. During the following years, they successfully sold SCO
products, outlasting other Netherlands companies that also tried to
sell SCO to eventually become the sole distributor.
"To say that they were a loyal SCO vendor is an understatement.
Monninkhof says that he attended every SCO Forum since then,
visited Santa Cruz over 50 times, and has turned down repeated
offers from other vendors to sell their Unix distributions in
addition to the SCO line. And they succeeded with SCO, building a
multi-million dollar revenue stream out of the SCO