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SCO Turns Cartwheels for SCOx - page 2

SCOx App Framework Now Works With "Unauthorized Unix Derivatives"

  • May 19, 2003
  • By Jacqueline Emigh

Jasmine Noell, head of JNoell Associates, theorized that SCO might be trying to salvage SCO Unix by thwarting outside Linux competition. "Linux was chewing up (SCO Unix) revenues, and SCO didn't know what else to do. I've always thought that Linux is far more dangerous to Unix than (Windows) NT is, anyway. Linux is based on the same architecture as Unix, but it's free," the analyst said.

"If the goal is to derail Linux adoption, though, it isn't going to work. Linux is too far down the road. Every major IT vendor has some type of Linux product. The industry is banking on Linux. How soon does SCO want to die?"

"I think SCO is doomed," predicted Earl Perkins, an analyst at the Meta Group. "Every major IT vendor today needs to have a long-term vision that includes Linux. Even Novell, for example, has one-to migrate NetWare users to Linux," according to Perkins.

During the teleconference in March, SCO officials said that most SCOx componentry--for both SCO Unix and Linux--would be ready in time for the annual SCO Forum users conference in August.

Last week, Hughes sang a different song, stating that most SCOx components are either browser-based, or able to be "wrappered with Web services," permitting them to work with both SCO Unix and "unauthorized Unix derivatives." SCOx is still on track for August.

All along, though, SCO had planned to "optimize" SCOx for Unix, pointed out Tony Iams, an analyst at DH Brown Associates.

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