Sun Sees Opportunity in IBM-SCO Showdown
Sun Microsystems Inc. is wasting no time prepping to take advantage of any potential customer fallout from the looming battle between the SCO Group and IBM over Big Blue's license for AIX, its Unix operating system.Sun Microsystems Inc. is wasting no time prepping to take advantage of any potential customer fallout from the looming battle between the SCO Group and IBM over Big Blues license for AIX, its Unix operating system. SCO has said it will revoke IBMs license to ship AIX as it claims Big Blue has violated the terms and conditions of that license by giving its customers unauthorized access to Unix source code and for "giving away" parts of the code to the open-source community and Linux. The 100-day notice period that SCO was contractually required to give IBM before revoking its Unix license passes this Friday.
Sun, meanwhile, is preparing to launch a campaign known as the AIX to Solaris Migration Program. The program and advertising campaign around it, due to be launched next week once SCO has announced that it is going to pull IBMs AIX license, is designed to offer concerned AIX customers a migration path to Suns Solaris version of Unixfor which it has a paid license with SCO.