Caldera Renames Itself SCO Group

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-08-26 Print this article Print

Company also announced new upgrades to its three server operating system products and launched a new partner program offering.

Caldera International Inc. on Monday used its GeoFORUM conference in Las Vegas to announce that it will change its name to The SCO Group. The company also announced the release of new upgrades to its three server operating system products and launched a new partner program offering, SCOx. CEO Darl McBride said the rename did not mean the company was moving away from Linux but was rather capitalizing on the existing brand recognition around its SCO OpenServer and SCO UnixWare product lines and using this when selling Linux solutions. "Outside the U.S. Caldera has very, very limited reach," he said at a press conference today. He said the company is committed to producing SCO Linux 4.0, which is expected to be available in November and will be powered by UnitedLinux, a joint development effort from SCO, Conectiva, SuSE Linux AG and Turbolinux.
The UnitedLinux companies produced the first closed pre-release beta in early August and expect to have an open beta available in late September. But McBride cautioned that a SCO Linux desktop offering would not be hitting the market anytime soon.
Caldera had previously been spending four marketing dollars to sell one revenue dollar of Caldera desktop. "Thats a business model that doesnt persist for a very long time. We can come out with a desktop product, a workstation product right now, but we are currently focused on server-based computing and infrastructure computing," he said. While McBride said he was not ruling out the desktop market, for a company that is turning itself around, SCO has to choose its battles carefully. "But down the road I wouldnt rule that out" he said. The SCO Group, which services small-to-medium business and corporate branch office customers, would also be introducing its next-version SCO OpenServer 5.0.7 and SCO UnixWare 7.1.3 products over the next six months. "We are the leading provider of Unix solutions on Intel hardware. These new releases ensure the reliability, scalability, and high availability of our products, will continue for many years to come," McBride said. SCO OpenServer 5.0.7, expected to be available the first quarter of 2003, will provide software updates to include the latest hardware drivers and USB support to offer easier connectivity to next generation peripheral devices. The next-version product will have updated development tools for easier integration with applications and an updated version of Merge 5.3 that allows customers to use Windows 98 and Windows Me client emulation with both SCO OpenServer and SCO UnixWare. SCO UnixWare 7.1.3—the successor release to Open UNIX 8.0—should be available by December and will provide updated USB support, improved networking performance as well as upgrades to hardware drivers. The product will also include new and updated network applications and development tools. "We are also introducing a new update service for both SCO OpenServer and SCO UnixWare called SCO Update. This annual service allows customers to receive quarterly electronic delivery of software updates, new features, drivers, security virus alerts and other added benefits. SCO Update is expected by December for SCO UnixWare 7.1.3 and during the first quarter of 2003 for SCO OpenServer 5.0.7, McBride said. The company on Monday also announced its new SCOx partner program offering, which now includes a "buy-out" plan allowing solution providers to sell their SCOx business back to SCO. The SCO Group has also signed an exclusive licensing agreement with under which SCO can market and sell Vista.coms commerce Web site creation and hosting service to all technology channel partners worldwide. This service will be branded SCObiz.
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.

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