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

Asked whether SCO had a sustainable business plan beyond simply raising revenue from Linux customers, McBride said it would be using its Forum 2003 conference to drum the message home that it did have a future product and corporate strategy.

"We are focusing on our Unix business and the lucrative Web Services that we will integrate into that operating system through our SCOx Web Services initiative. We expect this to be a business in the hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, and that is the business and product roadmap we will be talking about this week," McBride said.

In line with that goal, SCO will on Monday announce the delivery of several key components of SCOx, including the SCOx WebFace Solution 4.0 combined with Ericom PowerTerm Host Publisher to create a solution to migrate legacy applications to the Web as well as integrate service-oriented architectures. It will also unveil the application programming interfaces (APIs) for both SCOsms Web Services and SCObiz Web Services

"These pieces all provide critical pieces of the SCOx Application Substrate (SAS), a foundation for building next-generation business solutions as well as combining SCOs own Web Services software components and products with partner technologies to create Web Service enabled functionality for SCO Unix and other operating systems," McBride said.

SCO will also on Monday make available its UnixWare Office Mail Server 2.0, now bundled with its UnixWare operating system.

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, McBride 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.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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