SCO Readies New OpenServer Unix - Page 2

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2004-08-01 Print this article Print

This is a concern for many of SCOs resellers. Amy Roberts, manager of TeamSCO, SCOs channel program, said, "Our partners number one concern is that SCO has application and driver support for OpenServer. This is a very valid concern and this program will help to address it."

Tim Carlson, national accounts manager for DTR Business Systems Inc., a major distributor and SCO partner, agrees.
"Resellers want reassurance that OpenServer will get the software and hardware support it needs to survive from both SCO and software and hardware vendors," said Carlson.
Referring to SCOs Linux lawsuits, Carlson said, "Its never good news to read about SCO in USA Today. I constantly hear from resellers who worry that SCO will abandon OpenServer because its distracted by all of its legal stuff. Microsoft can shoot itself in the foot any number of times, SCO cant."

To provide its VARs and VSPs with the software they need to deliver end-user solutions, SCO is deploying open source programs like Apache and Samba on OpenServer. "We have several sessions on how to use open-source programs in general on OpenServer and particular open-source programs like Samba," said Roberts.

While SCO continues to fight against Linux and the GPL, it has no qualms about using open-source programs with its own offerings to improve the depth and breadth of OpenServers software support. As one SCO rank and filer said, "Were not anti open source, were anti people stealing our stuff and calling it open source."

"This (SCOs use of open source) will absolutely continue," concluded Roberts.

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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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