Caldera rebrands as SCO

Caldera rebrands as SCO

Linux and Unix software vendor Caldera has changed its name to The SCO Group (SCO) in a bid to demonstrate its commitment to the Unix market.

Caldera, traditionally a Linux software vendor, acquired the Unix server software division of SCO (then The Santa Cruz Operation) two years ago. At the time, the SCO business was struggling for cash, while Caldera's focus on the burgeoning Linux market meant it could afford to purchase the division. Caldera was looking to add the older but widely deployed Unix technology to its product lines, as well as boost revenues through its acquisition of SCO's services business and 16,000-strong worldwide sales and distribution channel.

At the time, SCO's Australia and NZ regional manager, Kieran O'Shaughnessy, promised there would be little change to the many partners the company had in Australia. Over time this would prove less than accurate, as all SCO staff apart from O'Shaughnessy were stripped from the company. Distributors Express Data and MUA also found themselves on the street.

In June, Caldera CEO Ransom Love stepped aside to focus on UnitedLinux, a new venture designed to unite the technologies of several Linux distributions. His replacement, Darl McBride, has spent his first few weeks on the job in discussions with customers, channel partners and staff and is preparing to make several changes to the company, principally its branding.

"What he was told was that one of the key assets we have is the SCO name which has been around for 20 years," said O'Shaughnessy. "In his view, that should be our brand."

O'Shaughnessy said the news has been greeted positively by partners. "The decision acknowledges and affirms our commitment to the Unix business -- but that's not to say we're stepping away from Linux."

The company refuses to publish the split in revenues between its Unix and Linux businesses, but O'Shaughnessy conceded that the majority of the company's revenues are from Unix products. "This change of branding is recognition that Unix is our bread and butter," he said.

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