Caldera International Inc has maintained its commitment to the Unix operating systems it acquired from Santa Cruz Operation Inc, despite admitting that it currently has no plans to port Open Unix to Intel Corp’s 64-bit Itanium processor. The story is at TheRegister, via ComputerWire.
Caldera Backs Away from 64-bit Open Unix
2002-06-13 SCO 7 Comments
That’s not a fitting end for the blue blood of the UNIX line, going out with a whimper at the hand of VC weenies. And I had such high hopes for Caldera too.
Well, to me, this makes perfect sense.
Caldera supports unitedlinux. unitedlinux is running on itanium. What is the advantage of them working on an itanium port of SCO? Besides footnotes in history, there is no value to anyone in beating this dead horse
I don’t get to hear much about SCO at my current job. ahhh, the memories. my first job was doing developer on a SCO OpenServer 4.5 and 5.0.3 (if I remember right). They were very solid, even on some of old, crappy systems we had at that place.
To the point, I agree with Chris. Why invest all of their own money on a as of yet unproven platform? It’s just basic business, supply and demand, and, there is just no demand for an IA64 port. At least not yet.
They’re not talking about the old SCO UNIX, Upen Unix is the old WnixWare. I know, confusing as hell…
The point is that Caldera just recently changed their strategy away from Linux and declared that they were a UNIX company first and foremost. Waffling like that scares away customers and it scares away investors. It’s a surefire way to send a company into a death spiral! And one of these days, even the Canopy Group is going to run out of cash — then they’ll have to pull the plug.
If Caldera at least pretended that they had stable long-term plans, that would avert certain tragedy. It might not save them, but the other way is a sure thing…in the wrong way.
Pardon the spelling mistakes! I was being distracted…
100% with you on this one. I think that’s what demolished HPs Unix line. Instead of sticking to their guns (like Sun and SGI) they diluted their line with M$ products. This ofcourse sent a bad message to the customers (if the company selling products has no faith in them, why should we). In the very near future I think it’ll be just IBM in the Unix bussiness. Unless Sun turns gets out of it’s current slump, IBM could pick them up for pocket change. Just speculation though….
Yup, it looks that way.
The irony is that after HP, IBM, Sun etc. tried so hard to produce a unified front, that Linux may well end up succeed where the big UNIX vendors failed, and without even trying! While Linux has made wonderful progress from its humble beginnings, I think that the more mature UNIX flavors have plenty to offer still. It would be a shame to see them all gobbled up by corporate consolidation.