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SCO blames Linux for bankruptcy filing

Stony Stevenson (954022) writes | about 7 years ago

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Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "SCO Group CEO Darl McBride says competition from the open source Linux operating system was a major reason why the company was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday.

In a court filing in support of SCO's bankruptcy petition, McBride noted that SCO's sales of Unix-based products "have been declining over the past several years." The slump, McBride said, "has been primarily attributable to significant competition from alternative operating systems, including Linux."

McBride listed IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems as distributors of Linux or other software that is "aggressively taking market share away from Unix.""

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So ... what? (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | about 7 years ago | (#20646293)

McBride listed IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems as distributors of Linux or other software that is "aggressively taking market share away from Unix."

That's supposed to explain why SCO is in the toilet?

Re:So ... what? (1)

beheaderaswp (549877) | about 7 years ago | (#20646347)

No... it explains why SCO is in the toilet.

Wait.

They had their chance (1)

sjames (1099) | about 7 years ago | (#20647587)

Nobody forced SCO to keep selling a decrepit Unix from the '80s for twice as much as everyone else.

They were just as free to get behind Linux like IBM or go more open and lower prices like Sun.

Of course, today's SCO came from Caldera, the ONLY Linux distro I've ever seen that they couldn't even give away at a Linux enthusiasts meeting! Of course, that was the version that was a barely disguised RedHat CD with 2 or 3 non-free pac

They sell an obsolete product (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 7 years ago | (#20651571)

SCO OpenServer is a horrible product lacking enterprise features to be expected in a modern Unix -- SMP, NUMA, a journalled file system -- ironically all things that they accused IBM of stealing to put into Linux, despite the fact that their product has none of these things.

That's why they went out of business. Despite the success of Linux, SCO's commercial UNIX competitors don't seem to be going bankrupt -- Sun, HP, IBM.

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