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Looking forward, McBride said SCO is actively working on its SCOx strategy, which eWEEK first exclusively reported on in January. "This is about moving our core operating system technologies forward. SCOsource is important to us as it will protect the intellectual property in the next iteration of our operating systems, which is key to our future, as is migrating the 4,000-plus applications written on SCO Unix and helping them migrate to the next-generation operating system," he said.
SCO will be driving very heavily down the SCOx path of taking its operating systems, migrating them forward into the future, and taking the application providers, channel resellers and customers along with it. "That will be the other key initiative from the company," McBride said.
Sun Microsystems Inc., whose Solaris operating system is based on Unix, moved quickly Thursday to assure its customers that its licenses are all in order. John Loiacono, vice president of Suns operating platforms group, told eWEEK Thursday that the company has assured its customers and partners that it has licensing rights to Unix for both SPARC and the recently available x86 systems. "As part of a series of licensing agreements, Sun acquired rights to make and ship derivative products based on the intellectual property in Unix. This forms the foundation for the Solaris operating system that ships today," Loiacono said. "Suns complete line of Solaris and Linux products—including Solaris for the SPARC and x86 platforms, Trusted Solaris, the highly secure operating system, and Sun Linux—are all covered by Suns portfolio of Unix licensing agreements. As such, Solaris and Sun Linux represent safe choices for those companies that develop and deploy services based on Unix systems." Linux distributor Red Hat Inc. also moved to clarify its licensing position, with Chief Legal Counsel Mark Webbink saying that the claims that have been asserted by SCO against IBM do not involve Red Hat. "Red Hat and its business partners work diligently to respect the valid intellectual property rights of others. We believe that the open-source community has provided and will continue to provide quality software that is well-suited for wide deployment throughout the enterprise," he said. Webbinks comments follow those of Red Hats chief technology officer, Michael Tiemann, who told eWEEK at LinuxWorld in January that that he was fairly certain that "every time people get engaged in unproductive arguments, it slows things down." "What the IT industry needs today is a direction forward, and as long as were fighting these border skirmishes about this library and that thing there, is it Lindows, is it Windows, thats a distraction," he said.
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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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