The Sad Irony of SCO

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-12-26 Print this article Print

Opinion: How might it have gone if SCO had stayed with Linux? (Linux-Watch)

Well, SCO has now shown its cards to the courts. We, the Linux-using public, wont know for months exactly what it had to show. But, after following SCO, Caldera, Novell, IBM, Linux, Unix and all the court cases for ages, Im sure that the evidence amounts to... nothing of any significance.
Click here to read more about what Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols thinks of SCOs Unix troubles.
You know what the sad thing about this whole affair has been? If SCO has only stuck to doing Linux, it would be a winner. It, and not Red Hat, might have been the one reporting great financial results. It, and not SUSE, would likely have been the company that Novell picked up to jump-start its operating system business. Sound unlikely? I dont think so. Caldera was neck-and-neck with Red Hat there for a while, and I always thought it had a better business plan. Remember, Red Hat only really pulled ahead when it switched gears from trying to be a consumer and business Linux retailer to its much more successful Linux subscription business. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: The Sad Irony of SCO Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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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