Distributor Caldera acquires part of Unix vendor

Distributor Caldera acquires part of Unix vendor

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

Two competing operating systems will morph into a new platform, following Linux distributor Caldera Systems Inc.'s recent acquisition of two divisions of UnixWare vendor Santa Cruz Operation Inc.

Caldera Systems, of Orem, Utah, announced last month that it will buy the server software and professional services divisions of SCO of Santa Cruz, Calif.

Caldera bought technical expertise, SCO president Doug Michels says.

A newly formed holding company, Caldera Inc., will manage the merged operations and develop a new environment, Open Internet Platform (OIP), to combine features of Linux and proprietary Unix.

The UnixWare kernel and clustering technology will let the new platform scale up to larger platforms than 32-bit Linux, said Caldera Systems president and chief executive officer Ransom Love. The merged company will offer open access to the platform's source code.

The transaction reflects the growing emergence and acceptance of the open-source approach to software development, SCO president and chief executive officer Doug Michels said.

When the acquisition is complete, Caldera Inc. will distribute the SCO OpenServer product line and provide support to OpenServer customers, although SCO will retain intellectual property rights to the product family and some of the profits from it.

The biggest roadblock to enterprise adoption of Linux no longer is availability of applications, Love said. Rather, the hurdle is the availability of technical expertise, and that is why Caldera bought the SCO services division, he said. SCO will keep the division that produces Tarantella middleware products, which permit browser access to Unix, Microsoft Windows and mainframe apps.

Love said Caldera will continue SCO's support of Project Monterey, a collaboration with IBM Corp. and Intel Corp. to extend IBM's AIX operating system to the 64-bit IA-64 architecture.

Contact Caldera at 888-465-4689.

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