After SCO Dies
Opinion: Could Novell open-source Unix? What will OpenServer customers do? Can Sun claim some customers for OpenSolaris?It's going to happen. Sometime in 2008, SCO will finally stop thrashing on the floor and die. Will it be Novell draining it dry of its last financial resources in the U.S. District Court in Utah? Or, will it be the bankruptcy court in Delaware divvying up the last bits and pieces of the once proud Unix company? Me? I'd bet on Novell doing SCO in at the District Court with a lead pipe. Ah, summary judgment. In any case, SCO's death by suicidewhat else would you call suing IBM and other Linux-using companies without proof, or as Novell has shown, without even actually owning Unix's IP (intellectual property)?will soon be done. That may be the end for SCO, but it will leave a lot of unanswered questions.
Those include: "What will Novell do with Unix?" I don't know, but what I'd like them to do is to open-source as much of the code as they can. There's still some goodness left in Unix that hasn't been duplicated in Linux. For example, even generic Unix System 5 Release 5 can handle up to 32 processors and terabyte-sized files, and does extremely well at multi-path I/O.