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SCO Turns Cartwheels for SCOx - page 3

SCOx App Framework Now Works With "Unauthorized Unix Derivatives"

  • May 19, 2003
  • By Jacqueline Emigh

Did the same fate lie in wait for all of SCO's products, though? Evidently not. Also at this year's user forum, SCO originally planned to debut a retail POS solution codenamed SmallFoot. SmallFoot initially combined a Linux client with a SCO Unix server.

In an interview with LinuxPlanet at the end of April, Janet Brown, SCO's director of retail product marketing, gave easy componentization as SCO's reason for choosing Linux as the POS client platform.

"Customer-facing devices are an exploding market. Each one is unique, though, and there's no room for bloat. Linux gives you the ability to include only those features you need," according to Brown.

SCO was conducting internal tests of SmallFoot at the time, while reportedly talking with three or four potential customers.

In early May, Brent Brown, Hewlett-Packard's director of in-store solutions, told LinuxPlanet that HP was partnering with SCO on SmallFoot. "We've had a long-standing relationship across multiple verticals," according to Brown. The HP/SCO solutions have typically revolved around SCO Unix running on HP's Intel-based Proliant servers. SCO also works with VARs on vertical solutions, typically providing toolkits with customization capabilities.

The SCO and HP officials pointed to IBM's DOS and Microsoft's Windows NT/XP Embedded as a couple of existing competitors to Linux in the retail POS space.

"We'll now be making (the client toolkit) available for SCO Unix (instead of Linux). We have a couple of accounts we need to get back to on that," Huntsaker said last week.

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