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Back to the Future? Back to a Declining Past?

  • September 23, 2002
  • By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

At the same time though, as SCO pushes its OpenServer, it's not, as some have claimed, abandoning Linux. Instead, SCO is pinning all its mainstream Linux hopes on the success of UnitedLinux. Indeed, most of Caldera's Linux engineers had already transferred to SuSE in May, long before the late August SCO announcements. Today, SCO directly supports UnitedLinux financially and by having a representative, Andy Nagle, SCO's Director of Linux products, on UnitedLinux's Board of Managers (BoM).

SCO, however, has not given up on all internal Linux development. The Orem, Utah based company will soon be releasing an application specific Linux product with a small system footprint called SmallFoot. While not an embedded Linux per se, it, with Java support, could be used in business in similar roles such as point of sale (POS) systems and the like.

UnixWare appears to be the odd system out. While it too has a plan going forward that includes incorporating Linux functionality, no one in or out of SCO seems that interested in it. There are also, despite rumors to the contrary, no plans to revive Project Monterey, bringing IBM's AIX 5L to the Itanium, according to McBride.

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