Rumors of SCOs Death Greatly Exaggerated

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-01-16 Email Print this article Print

SCO CEO Darl McBride insists in a letter to customers and partners that SCO is not really in dire financial danger. (Linux-Watch)

In early January, rumors began spreading that The SCO Group—as a consequence of poor business, Novells demands for a share of SCOs Sun and Microsoft Unix deals, and the ever-mounting costs of SCOs IBM lawsuit—was nearing bankruptcy. In response to all this, SCO CEO Darl McBride has countered, "To paraphrase a line from Mr. Twain, the rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated." McBride defended his companys financial position Jan. 12 in a letter to SCOs partners and customers. The letter has also been filed with the SEC.
In it, McBride indicated that SCOs core Unix business was still strong. "In recent years we have provided you with key new releases of UnixWare 7.1.4 and OpenServer 6."
Additionally, "We continue to work with hardware system providers to certify many of their servers with the latest SCO UNIX offerings. New hardware certifications are updated on a weekly basis from systems provided by Acer, DELL, Fujitsu-Siemens, HCL, HP, Intel and many others. These vendors continue to certify their systems for SCO UNIX because customers continue to require the reliability, security and performance that SCO OpenServer and UnixWare offer." McBride also played up SCOs Me Inc. mobile technologies. These Java-based services are designed to enable customers and developers to create customized server-based applications that can work with mobile devices.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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