SCO News Roundup

If you go to SCO’s website right now, they’ve got a graphic asking you to donate now to help the tsunami victims.

Now there’s a controversial position to take. Although presumably by “tsunami” they mean “Linux”, and by “victims” they mean themselves.

Also on, the top news story is their “top ranking” by Google as the most searched-for corporate listing.

Some marketing genius really earned his salary figuring out how to spin this one as a positive news story.

Here’s an article offering career advice for IT professionals, titled “Shun Linux and kiss your job security goodbye”.,289142,sid14_gci1043594,00.html

A product announcement for a suite C,C++, and Fortran compilers for Linux that are focused on the HPC / clustering market.

At one time, SCO wanted to advertise clustering as a strength of theirs, based on the “NonStop Clusters” technology they licensed from HP (which despite the name was originally tech from DEC, not Tandem). Yet another niche where SCO announced grand plans and then failed to execute on them.

A couple of tidbits on the current brouhaha about Linux security.

It’s not pretty, but remember: if it was Windows we were talking about, the first public sign of trouble would be the global worm that brings the net to its knees for a few days.

Here’s a tasty new Linux phone.

As usual with fancy phones, it’s not available in the States yet.

The latest Sun acquisition is supposed to help them extend their “managed services” thingy to non-Sun platforms, such as AIX, HP-UX, Windows, and Linux.

As usual, no mention is made of any SCO OS. In the past, Sun hasn’t been that big on non-Sun platforms, so this may be a sign of a shift in their thinking. Actually, everything they’ve done recently seems to be a sign of a shift in their thinking, and never in the same direction as the last shift.
As more evidence of that, here’s the very latest in the saga of Sun’s Linux-based Java Desktop System.

It’s free-as-in-beer now, although it’s not clear if their weird licensing scheme still holds or not. They probably don’t know themselves, or it depends on who at Sun you ask, or on what day you ask them.

Finally, a product announcement for new hardware that does support SCO operating systems.

This is because this SCSI flash disk gadget requires no device drivers, otherwise they probably wouldn’t have bothered. As it is, UnixWare and OpenServer are listed after such major operating systems as LynxOS, IRIX, NetBSD, QNX, VxWorks and OS/2. /portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20050104005267&newsLang=en

If you’re not familiar with LynxOS, QNX or VxWorks, or even if you are, you might find this article interesting.

This is what a real realtime / embedded OS looks like; note there are no mentions of SCO’s “Smallfoot” anywhere in the article.

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