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DistributionWatch: SCO Linux 4--Ready for the Big Time - page 2

Down to Basics

  • January 13, 2003
  • By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

In turn, this means, the four UnitedLinux companies-Conectiva, SCO, SuSE and Turbolinux--hope that Linux will move out of the popular, but low revenue, business of Web site hosting and file/print servers and into the much more profitable world of application and enterprise servers.

Of the four companies, only SCO is making a serious run at the North American reseller trade. Turbolinux is only a Far East play now. Conectiva… well, I know they want the Latin American market, but they seem to be making a hash of it.

Other than SCO, only SuSE is making a serious attempt at the business market, and that's only in Europe. For all serious business purposes, SuSE is dead in North American market. That said, since they still have a US presence in the consumer space, you can still expect to find customers who want to consider it. Their lack of a viable reseller channel though means North American SCO partners won't have much to worry about. European SCO vendors, though, are going to have their work cut out for them.

For us in the States and Canada, though, SCO Linux real competition is Windows 2000 and .NET Server, a point that SCO's reviewer guide makes exceeding clear. SCO Linux also targets the major server Unixes-AIX, HP-UX and Solaris. The only Linux, it competes with is Red Hat's Red Hat Advanced Server (RHAS).

SCO, having finally learned that OpenServer is here to stay, is wisely not targeting its own Unix market. As most of you already know, OpenServer is solid as a house and, it's one of the safest operating systems out there according to the English security research house, mi2G (http://mi2g.com).

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