SCO Licensee Takes Heat from Users
As EV1Servers.Net defends its move to license Unix from SCO, some customers express displeasure that their Web-hosting company cut a deal in the open-source battle.EV1Servers.Net this week told its users that it had their interests in mind when it signed an intellectual-property license with The SCO Group Inc. to use Red Hat Linux. However, that hasnt stopped some of those users from threatening to leave the Web-hosting company over the deal. On EV1Servers.Nets user forums, a vocal minority of users have stated that they dislike EV1Servers SCO deal so much, they plan to leave the Houston-based Web-hosting firm. According to an informal poll on the site, more than 25 percent of EV1Servers customers will abandon the company for another Web-site provider, while more than 58 percent said they are staying.
Typically, those who are threatening to leave are open-source supporters. But some have more pragmatic reasons: Theyre afraid that EV1Servers, which has gained much of its market share from rock-bottom pricing, may now raise its Linux hosting prices to pay the SCO licensing fees.