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.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 productsincluding Solaris for the SPARC and x86 platforms, Trusted Solaris, the highly secure operating system, and Sun Linuxare 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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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.
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