Toolkit for SCO Smallfoot
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."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.
Integrating Microsoft Active Directory is complicated, and SCO Authentication 2.1which shipped on July 15allows authentication in mixed environments. "This is not a single sign-on solution," he said.