The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) is about to begin offering implementation services for Linux, but currently has no plans to ship its own version of the opensource operating system.
Doug Michel’s SCO’s president and chief executive, said: “We’ll help customers understand the choices and see if Linux is a good solution and if so, our professional services unit will help them deploy it if it’s the most appropriate offering. We’ll also participate in other ways, but Linux is not a panacea and there are a lot of claims made about it that aren’t true because it’s done by volunteers.”
As a result, it tends not to have a detailed roadmap, accountability, copyright or patent protection, he continued, but “it’s causing excitement in the market, especially as it leads to competition.”
Although the firm’s Unixware Unix operating system was now binary compatible with Linux and could run Linux applications, Michels added that SCO had “not announced any intention to ship its own Linux.”
“But if a customer wants Red Hat or others, we can work with that. We have no intention to sell Linux via retail outlets like Frys, but we have an intention to work with customers for specific deployments. We’re going to find out about its importance and volume over time and there’s a lot of excitement in the industry, but we’re offering services because a couple of customers said they wanted it,” he explained.
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