LAS VEGAS— On Monday, The SCO Group Inc. will announce the release of the developer preview of Legend, the next major release of its flagship Unix operating system, SCO OpenServer, at is annual partner show, SCO Forum.
This new version of SCOs OpenServer goes into beta in September. SCO hopes to release it to distribution in January 2005.
The latest OpenServer will bring in features from SCOs other Unix operating system, UnixWare. These will include performance improvements, symmetric multi-processing (SMP) and load balancing. “The Legend Developer Preview already demonstrates performance increases in several areas including a 100 percent improvement in file system speed,” according to Sandy Gupta, SCOs new VP of Engineering.
In addition to fundamental performance improvements, Legend will come with new Java server functionality and include the open-source PostgreSQL and MySQL relational database management systems. SCO will also be incorporating its SCOx Web Services substrate to help developers build XML-based Web services to the OpenServer platform.
The new release also includes security features to make it attractive to security conscious customers. These will include an encrypted file system and virtual private network (VPN) support.
At the same time, SCO announced new developer programs designed to encourage developers to build applications for both the current OpenServer platform and Legend, and to encourage legacy OpenServer ISVs (independent software vendors) to port their programs to Legend.
As Gupta noted, “Its extremely important that we continue to have a solid developer program around our operating system products.”
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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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