SCO CEO Details Project Diamond tells of SCO's plan for their "Diamond" release - the single OS that apparently will be able to take on either Unixware or OpenServer personalities, dependent upon the installer's desires - or perhaps even the users wishes.
SCO has needed this for some time, though most of us are thinking that it's a little late to be pushing on that barn door. A lot of the horses are long gone, the rest are spooked, and the world is switching to those dang horseless carriages to boot.
Aside from all that, let's pretend for a moment that this Linux stuff all gets sorted out one way or another and SCO still has customers in 2006. Jeff Hunsaker says (about Diamond)
It might take the blinders off of partners
Pardon me, Jeff, but if anyone has had blinders on about markets and SCO's positioning therein, it hasn't been the partners and resellers. We aren't the ones who didn't want a free or inexpensive Unix for home users and students- if that had been available early on you never would have had to worry about Linux. We aren't the ones who went chasing after the big elephants with Unixware - we knew that SCO's market was small to medium business and small developers. We aren't the ones who told the world that OpenServer would be discontinued, causing it to quickly lose even more support from third party developers. Nor were we the ones who steadfastly ignored the need for businesses to safely connect to the Internet, have up to date and secure mail etc. until way past "too late".
And finally, we sure as heck were not the ones who decided that suing IBM and trying to license Linux users was a brilliant idea.
No, Jeff, we aren't the blind ones. Look inward, Jeff. SCO made the thorny bed it now lies on - against the advice and wishes of your partners and resellers.
I hope Diamond gets to become reality. I hope that SCO can somehow repair all the damage it has wrought. I hope.. well, many things. Mostly I hope for a world not dominated by Microsoft. Whether SCO is part of that or not is rather unimportant to me.
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