SCO pursues more OpenServer
installations"> When it comes to Linux, Ritchie has other worries. "Weve tested Linux internally, but the servers kept coming down," he told Ziff Davis Internet. Ritchie said that hes already installed SCO OpenServer 6 for the "Do It Best" retail hardware firm.The vending machine company is upgrading to OpenServer 6 because its third-party order distribution software is no longer offered on the PC-based SCO legacy system formerly in use. Many customers are now about ready to migrate to new turnkey systems from hardware and software bought during the Y2K era, according to Ritchie. ProComs marine distributor customer, on the other hand, wants the extra performance available with OpenServer 6, in order to "reduce the time spent on nightly procedures." Click here to read about Linus Torvalds thoughts for keeping the Linux kernel on course. But users and analysts alike said they think it makes sense for SCO to spawn more third-party applications so as to step into new vertical markets. Although Linux looks likely to keep leading other PC environments in terms of Web servers and infrastructure, SCO stands a good chance of maintaining its popularity for targeted, industry-specific solutions, said Al Gillen, an analyst at IDC, during an interview here. As Gillen sees it, SCOs two OSes and Novell Inc.s NetWare are now situated somewhat similarly with customers. SCO and NetWare each have loyal long-time fans. He cautioned, however, that SCOs legal battles may have dampened its opportunities to reel in new customers, particularly in untried markets. "[So] new applications will be very important for SCO," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Over the next week or so, he plans to install OpenServer at a vending machine company, as well as for a distributor of plywood and marine supplies.