SCO Releases UDI Supplement for UnixWare 7
Supplement provides standard open driver interface for third party hardware vendors
Santa Cruz, Calif. (February 5, 2001) -Providing its customers and partners with better business solutions, The SCO Server Software Division, an independent business unit of The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOC), today announced the availability of the Uniform Driver Interface (UDI) supplement for its UnixWare 7 operating platform.
A first-of-its-kind movement, the UDI initiative provides independent hardware vendors (IHVs) with a standard open driver interface and a single target port while giving customers the ultimate choice in the broadest range of peripheral hardware. Members of Project UDI include Adaptec, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Interphase, Lockheed Martin, SBS, STG, Sun, and UNISYS. The UDI supplement for the UnixWare 7 operating platform is available for free download at www.sco.com/download.
Specifically, this single port will enable hardware products to work across UDI-compliant operating platforms saving IHVs time and money that would otherwise be spent porting products to many platforms. Benefits extend to UnixWare 7 operating platform customers who will be able to choose from a wider variety of hardware products that might otherwise not be available.
"The continuing efforts of Project UDI have paid off," said John Harker, director of UNIX product management with the SCO Server Software Division. "Hardware vendors work on a tight budget and have to make hard choices as to which operating platform to support. We believe that UDI will become a top tier port target for hardware vendors because a single driver can provide high performance coverage to all UDI-compliant platforms. As a result, UnixWare 7 will enjoy unparalleled levels of hardware support."
In August 2000, Caldera Systems, Inc., providers of OpenLinux platforms, announced plans to purchase the SCO Server Software Division and Professional Services Division. "UDI reinforces our vision for the unification of UNIX and Linux operating systems that the new Caldera International will deliver," continued Harker.
About Project UDI
Project UDI is a multi-company open development group dedicated to developing standardized device driver interfaces for the computer I/O technologies of today and tomorrow. Project UDI will also sponsor the development and release of an open source reference code base, which will be made available to the public to facilitate widespread adoption of this technology. For more information, please see www.project-udi.org.
About The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
With headquarters in Santa Cruz, California, The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. is comprised of three independent divisions - Tarantella, Inc., the Server Software Division, and the Professional Services Division. The Server Software Division is the world's number one provider of UNIX server operating systems. Tarantella, Inc. promotes a range of software technologies and products that web-enable any application instantly, for access by users anywhere. The Professional Services Division helps organizations create and deploy personalized IT strategies. The three divisions sell and support their products and services through a worldwide network of distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and OEMs. For more information, visit SCO's home page at www.sco.com/scoinc.
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