SCO has taken the wraps off the first phase of its Gemini project. Last week the firm announced a December release for UnixWare 7, the first step in its bold attempt to pull together its OpenServer and UnixWare PC server operating systems into one product family. Over the next two years the company plans to migrate all OpenServer users to UnixWare 7. OpenServer will continue to be supported, but not developed. OpenServer was launched by SCO in 1995, but UnixWare was bought from Novell in the same year. SCO said that existing UnixWare users would be able to upgrade to UnixWare 7 directly. But for Open-Server, the strategy is to provide users with upgrade tools. Migration is aided by the Universal Development Kit (UDK), a UnixWare development tool which enables developers to build applications to run on both the OpenServer and UnixWare platforms. By 1999, SCO plans to bring out a version of UnixWare for Intel's 64-bit Merced processor. Applications developed using the UDK will be "64-bit ready". SCO is bundling server software with the new version of the operating system. "We want to take UnixWare 7 preconfigured and out of the box to particular market segments," explained Peter Walker, marketing manager at SCO. Using the bundled Netscape Web Server, Walker claimed, UnixWare 7 offers "an intranet server out of the box". He added that the same is true of the UnixWare messaging and Email server which uses Netscape SuiteSpot to provide these services. The UnixWare 7 product family comprises an enterprise server, a departmental application and database server, a messaging server and an Internet server. On the database version of UnixWare SCO said that it has worked with database companies like Oracle and Sybase to tune database performance on the server. Similarly, the messaging version of UnixWare has been tuned for mail and message server applications. SCO 01923 816344.
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