SCO Takes Giant Step Forward To Bring UnixWare 7 Into The Linux Business Market
Company Makes First Technological Stride Toward Caldera's Open Internet Platform (OIP)
Forum2000, SANTA CRUZ, CA (August 21, 2000) - The SCO Server Software Division, an independent business unit of the Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCOC), announced that it has developed the Linux Kernel Personality (LKP) for UnixWare 7. The new LKP technology is a key step toward the vision of an Open Internet Platform (OIP), discussed in the recent announcement that Caldera plans to acquire the SCO Server Software and Professional Services Divisions.
The new LKP technology unifies UnixWare 7 with Linux at the kernel level and also includes a complete Linux environment. This adds full Linux capabilities to UnixWare 7 while keeping all the major UNIX attributes such as scalability, reliability and clustering intact. Linux applications can install and run on UnixWare 7 without modification, resulting in the addition of a host of new solutions to the wealth of applications already available on UnixWare 7.
"The Linux Personality is great news for both the UnixWare 7 and enterprise Linux markets," said John Palmer, vice president of Marketing, Server Software Division, SCO. "LKP will make the entire Linux application portfolio available for UnixWare 7customers, including enterprise server applications. At the same time LKP allows Linux customers to take advantage of a highly scalable and cluster-ready operating system based on the proven UnixWare 7 platform. Because the LKP runs at the kernel level, customers will not know it's there - it will just work."
UnixWare 7 customers can now take advantage of an even wider selection of applications in a scalable, cluster-ready computing environment. Linux channel partners and ISVs will benefit from LKP as it will increase the number of operating platforms they can offer to their customers.
"LKP technology is an integral part of Caldera's vision of the Open Internet Platform," said Ransom Love, CEO of Caldera Systems, Inc. "Caldera's pending acquisition of the SCO Server Software Division speeds the movement toward Linux/UNIX integration and the creation of a single platform for Internet computing. SCO's demonstration of this key technology to their partners at Forum2000 will be particularly beneficial to the industry."
Partners Like the Choice
"Products such as LKP for UnixWare 7 provides flexibility for UnixWare 7 customers to take advantage of Linux applications and middleware which run on Intel processor-based servers," said Victor Krutul, Manager of Operating System Programs with Intel.
"Computer Associates develops and ports more applications to key operating systems than any other independent software vendor," said J.P. Corriveau, Computer Associates International, Inc. senior vice president, Worldwide Alliances. "We support SCO's initiative for simplifying multiple development cycles while protecting and enhancing clients' investments in UnixWare 7 and Linux applications."
Customers and Partners Get a Sneak-Peak at Forum2000
Customers will be able to receive a free beta copy of LKP this week at Forum2000, co-hosted by The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. and Caldera Systems, Inc. Last week, SCO previewed the LKP at LinuxWorld Expo in San Jose.
LKP for UnixWare 7 will be available in December and included with the next version of UnixWare 7.
About The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc
With headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA, 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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