Unixware 2.1 was pretty horrid stuff - it really was everything Unix haters carp about. But Unixware 7 started getting better, and it sounds like 7.1.4 is really nice. The review didn't mention the OSR5 Kernel Personality, which lets you run OSR5 apps under Unixware. There used to be a Linux Kernel Personality too, but SCO has removed that from its current offerings because of the SCO-IBM Lawsuits
SCO is apparently trying some promotional pricing with this. Ther's a $599.00 version available for a limited time. That's pretty cheap compared to past pricing. I can't help but wonder if the replacement of formerly licensed products with Open Source equivalents had something to do with their ability to do that.
The continued use of open source products is good in terms of flexibility and perhaps will someday cause more reduction in licence costs, but it's just going to throw oil on the fire as far as the general Linux/Open Source community is concerned. It is rather maddening that a company who apparently is trying to kill you will use your products to its advantage, but Open Source is Open, so there it is.
Obviously the only Linux users with any interest in this would be those who are paying for RedHat Enterprise versions now, and this is a bit more expensive than that. Existing Unixware users of course will find this a useful upgrade, and folks considering RISC machines really should take a look, too.
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