SCO News Roundup

I look for SCO-related stories on Google News on a regular basis, and every now and then something interesting crops up.

http://home.businesswire.com /portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040921005106&newsLang=en

This press release only mentions SCO briefly, as a “risk” under the forward-looking statements section. I started wondering what this “RedHawk Linux” they’re talking about might be, so I started poking around, the way I tend to do.

Here’s a press release about it:

http://www.embeddedstar.com/press/content/2002/10/embedded5429.html

Turns out we’ve got yet another SVR4 Unix licensee in the process of dumping their proprietary OS in favor of Linux. Concurrent Computer Corp. (www.ccur.com) makes specialized hardware for simulation, data acquisition, and industrial applications. Their old product line consists of multiprocessor PowerPC hardware running their SVR4-derived Unix OS, known as PowerMAX.

Their new product line is x86-based (Xeon or Opteron), and runs RedHawk Linux, which is a Red Hat-based distro for their hardware, with a pile of additional real-time goodies. There’s also something called PowerWorks Linux, which seems to be a Linux for their PowerPC hardware.

Basically what you see here is yet another reason SCO’s Unix licensing business continues to decline. Not a huge reason in dollar terms, I imagine, but it’s a sign that Linux is moving into more and more market segments, and taking on increasingly mission-critical roles. This can’t be good news for SCO.

Australia’s going to be using RedHawk in their submarines (they have submarines?):

http://www.electronicstalk.com/news/crr/crr104.html

Here, a former Concurrent employee speculates about whether SCO’s going to sue them:

http://www.buoy.com/pipermail/lilug/2003-June/021523.html

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