Toolkit for SCO Smallfoot

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-08-18 Print this article Print

SCO will release next year a toolkit for its UnixWare OS-based SCO Smallfoot designed for point-of-sale devices. SCO Authentication was delivered over the past year, and many of SCOs large customers running both Windows and Unix are experiencing complications with the disparate security model for each of them.
Integrating Microsoft Active Directory is complicated, and SCO Authentication 2.1—which shipped on July 15—allows authentication in mixed environments. "This is not a single sign-on solution," he said.
"It allows AD authentication and provides secure Unix user logins in AD. It provides a single point of administration, with accounts and passwords stored in AD. "The roadmap for authentication will include additional certifications for broad platform support, including HP-UX and Windows Server 2003. There will be expanded developer, application and platform support," he said. SCOs long-term product roadmap will include the release of Unix System 5 release 6, SVR6, the next generation of platform enhancements from SCO, based around the existing SCO operating systems. This will be released by the end of next year and will provide single management and middleware services and allow the development of diversified Web services. Turning to the upcoming SCO Unix 9, Hughes said this will be the next-generation 64-bit Unix from SCO. It will support the upcoming SVR6-64 bit operating environment and conform to Unix standards. It will also release SCO Authentication 2.1 for Microsoft Corp.s Active Directory, which has enhanced scalability and now provides support for more than 100,000 users per container within AD. It has greater support for SCO Unix operating systems and also supports both Microsoft Windows 2000 and 2003, Hughes said.

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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