Thu Oct 7 20:36:42 2004 SCO's City to
Posted by Tony Lawrence
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SCO used to have quarterly regional meetings for resellers and end-users, but they don't come around for dog and pony shows too often any more. They did do one this month, though, and I attended the MA presentation today. Four SCO folk, seven resellers, one end user.
Let's suspend reality for one moment: there's no lawsuit, SCO is still Linux friendly, yadda yadda.
In that fantasy world, this was a very nice presentation and SCO is absolutely doing the right things: merging OSR5 and UW toward a single SVR6 kernel, marketing a reasonably competent mail server, pushing some other possibly good products. With the real world temporarily suspended, I could have walked out of there feeling very bullish about SCO.
But instead I walked out thinking that this could be the last time they'll ever put on a tour. Back in the not so distant past, ten times this many might attend a meeting like this. The room had twenty chairs total, and of course many were empty. No need for a prize drawing; if you were there, you got the T-Shirt (plain white with a SCO logo, no inflammatory remarks this time) and the NFR software. The lack of interest made a presentation comment about "maintaining good relationships with our reseller channel" somewhat poignant.
In spite of my ill feelings about this incredibly dumb lawsuit, I can't help feeling a little sad. Down the hall, AIM was putting on a shindig, attracting hundreds of people. Our little group couldn't even make a decent dent in the lunch the hotel put out for us.
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