Five Reasons to Choose UNIX Instead of Linux


SCO UNIX is a proven, stable, and reliable platform

SCO UNIX is used in thousands of businesses and branch offices around the world. Its scalability, reliability and flexibility are legendary. SCO UNIX is the number one UNIX on Intel and delivers all of the power of UNIX on affordable, industry standard hardware. SCO UNIX has a proven track record for 99.999% reliability and scales to 32-way SMP. It is the operating system of choice to deploy solutions ranging from a back office solution on a single server to hosting a data base intensive, high transaction volume application across a network of servers.

Case Study: Safeco Field

"We knew there was an integrated and reliable solution out there, but at first we were not quite sure who the right partners were to make this a winning season for everyone," said Larry Witherspoon, Director of Information Systems at Safeco Field. "MICROS provided the most flexible and manageable solution to handle all the stadium's high-volume requirements for food and beverage purchases. Safeco Field selected the MICROS system because of its ability to provide a single solution for all outlets, and selected SCO UNIX as the operating system platform because of the phenomenal track record of reliability and price performance of UNIX on Intel."

"For Safeco Field, deploying the MICROS solution on SCO UNIX has increased the throughput and accuracy of the information captured in the stadium," said Ed Chapel, Vice President of Western U.S. District at MICROS. "MICROS' customers need and demand reliable solutions. SCO UNIX provides a rock-solid platform that delivers for the 8700 HMS on this requirement and more."

Case Study: Costco (Pharmacies)

Costco has pharmacies in more than 200 of its stores. The pharmacies had been running their day-to-day operations on a DOS-based system, but it was unable to keep pace with business growth. Costco needed a robust server system that could easily grow with the company.

The answer was SCO UNIX running on Compaq® Proliant® 800 servers. Fred Floyd, director of Costco's pharmacy network, said Costco chose the SCO® and Compaq solution to run its in-house pharmacies because of its superior reliability and price/performance value.

Not only has the SCO and Compaq solution reduced Costco's computing costs, it has virtually eliminated unscheduled downtime on the company's mission-critical pharmacy network. And that has helped the company sharpen its competitive edge. As Mr. Floyd said, "The SCO and Compaq solution has allowed Costco to remain competitive and, in fact, set standards in an ever-changing pharmacy market."

Case Study: Great Manchester Police

"Jen Mulcahy, IT Director at Greater Manchester Police, said: 'We opted for SCO UNIX because it is the leading UNIX on Intel. We evaluated a number of options but felt that SCO UNIX had the proven reliability and scalability we needed, as well as offering a cost-effective solution.'"

Case Study: Table Trac

"SCO UNIX was the obvious choice for us as we compared it against SUN, DEC, AIX and other mini-frame platforms, because for our I/O intensive applications it gives every bit of the power and multi-user capability at a fraction of the cost to our customers. In the casinos, we are running right next to big RS6000's, serving more users that they do with the same level of reliability," said Chad Hoehne, President, Table Trac. "We knew we could rely on SCO UNIX to be extremely stable, especially in the demanding 24/7 casino environment."

"SCO UNIX allows us to give our customers exactly what they need-a secure way to keep track of money flowing over the tables," Hoehne said. "Our customers can rest easy knowing they have a safe, stable system monitoring cash flow in and out of their casino."

Case Study: McDonald's

"The everyday business of a McDonald's restaurant requires a stable operating system that can give round-the-clock performance," said John Doty, Director of US Information Technology for McDonald's Corporation's Store Systems. "We are very pleased with the performance of SCO UNIX. SCO's platform has provided us with a very stable and reliable system. SCO UNIX has been a dependable platform for thousands of McDonald's restaurants over the past 10 years and we're looking forward to migrating our restaurants to the current version."

SCO UNIX is Backed by a Single, Experienced Vendor

SCO's award winning support team has over 20 years of experience in supporting commercial grade operating systems. Based in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide presence with representation in 82 countries. This infrastructure enables SCO to provide local support and dependable solutions to businesses around the world. In addition, SCO has a channel of more than 11,000 solution providers, a developer network of nearly 8,000, thousands of direct account customers and an installed base of more than two million servers.

SCO offers a broad portfolio of technical support services tailored to the needs of partners, corporate accounts and end users. With support centers located in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, staffed by SCO's highly skilled support engineers and local language support availability, SCO can meet all our customer support service requirements.


Case Study: Nuance

"The UNIX system environment is an extremely strong solution for any telecommunications application and SCO's market leadership on the Intel® platform provides Nuance's customers with the ultimate, secure solution package."

Case Study: Eckerd

"Eckerd operated its first pharmacy and point-of-sale applications on SCO UNIX in 1992, and today runs nearly 5,400 systems across all of its stores nationwide. Each of Eckerd's 2,700 stores contains two SCO servers for pharmacy and point-of-sale (POS) functions."

"'We've had tremendous success with SCO UNIX since its introduction into our stores in 1992, and found it to be reliable and dependable for our POS and pharmacy operations,' said David Saunders, vice president of technical services at Eckerd. 'We've also found SCO's technical support team to be highly effective, from the time of implementation, to regular maintenance, to ongoing upgrades and enhancements that add to the effectiveness of our systems.'"

Case Study: Zenez

"Zenez, a SCO reseller/ISV/IHV that distributes customized and tailored solutions for small-to-medium size businesses, began delivering SCO solutions to its customers in 1983. Today, Zenez has over 1000 customers, from accounting firms to architects, automotive shops to production, who rely on SCO UNIX to power their individual customized applications."

"'We've upgraded and delivered SCO solutions to our customers for more than 20 years, beginning from the days of Xenix 286 to the current SCO UNIX offerings,' said Boyd Gerber, CEO of Zenez. 'Barring forces of nature or an electrical power outage, we've found that our customers' critical business operations have never experienced downtime when running our solutions powered by SCO's offerings. We have the large customer base that we have, because the systems are so reliable.'"

SCO UNIX has a Committed, Well-Defined Roadmap

Application vendors and end users rely on system vendors to deliver the new technology they need in an organized, timely fashion. SCO will continue to listen to the market requirements for features, plan those features into product releases and deliver the products according to the plan.


Press Article (CRN): SCO: Project Legend, SCO UNIX Will Drive Future Channel Business

"SCO channel partners will see better upgrade and sell-in opportunities from the company's SCOx Web services platform, the planned delivery of major new version of OpenServer being developed under the name Project Legend, and a major upgrade of SCO UNIX in late 2004, said Erik Hughes, director of product management at SCO. The first components of SCOx were delivered this week [August 17-19, 2003] at the Las Vegas conference [SCO Forum]."

"The 'Legend' edition of SCO UNIX, which is targeted at SMB customers, will be refitted with SCOx Web services support, an XML parser and SOAP toolkit, an OpenLDAP directory, better multithreading, open-source tools Tomcat, PHP and Mozilla, enhanced J2EE support and enhanced security with support for IPsec, VPN and PAN capabilities."

"The wish list of features also calls for enhanced data management services; a Sendmail e-mail upgrade; improved installation and embedding; and SCOUpdate, which is similar to the Windows Update feature, executives said. SCO also plans better support for current hardware including USB devices and NICs, executives said at the conference, the company's annual partner show."

"SCO also plans to debut in 2004 or 2005 a 64-bit version of SCO UNIX for enterprise customers that incorporates all of the features of Legend as well a major new version of the UNIX kernel itself, System V Release 6 (SVR6), the executives said."

Press Release: SCO Showcases Technology

"'SCO has had an amazing year as a company,' says Jeff Hunsaker, Senior VP of Marketing, The SCO Group. 'We've enjoyed record earnings during the past two quarters, been one of the top performing stocks on the NASDAQ, been a pioneer in intellectual property protection and announced major technological advancements in both our SCO UNIX and SCOx product initiatives. Because we've made these landmark accomplishments in a struggling economy, the future continues to look extremely bright for SCO and its partners.'"

Press Release: VARBusiness Annual Report Card Award

"The SCO® Group, owner of the UNIX operating system, was recently included in the VARBusiness Annual Report Card as one of the top five companies offering enterprise operating systems. This year's fourth-place ranking marks the second consecutive year VARBusiness has recognized SCO's UNIX-based offering for its excellence in enterprise operating systems."

"To rank participants, VARBusiness polled resellers and channel partners on topics covering support, product innovation and how partner-friendly each operating system vendor is, each question was then weighted according to its overall importance. SCO ranked first on the issue rated most important by resellers and channel partners: Product Reliability and Quality. SCO also ranked first in Lowest Channel Conflict, defeating the next closest competitor by a solid 8 percentage points. SCO achieved a second-place ranking in both Ease of Doing Business with the company, and Revenue or Profit Potential because of the excellent margin resellers make when selling SCO products."

SCO UNIX is Secure

SCO UNIX has all of the security features of the higher priced UNIX solutions but at a fraction of the cost. You can count on SCO UNIX to address the ever increasing privacy concerns and the government regulations regarding data protection, data accuracy and privacy.

Case Study: Save Mart

"What we really needed was a rock-solid, reliable operating system with applications we could buy right off the shelf," recalls Michael Brown, Save Mart's manager of store systems. That's where SCO came in. SCO UNIX is "easy to configure, it's not a memory hog, and it has more applications written to it than anything, anywhere."

"Unifying the various legacy systems that came with those acquisitions became significantly easier in 1992, when the company introduced its SCO UNIX operating system."

"Since that time, SCO UNIX servers have been the consistent, unifying element in all of Save Mart's upgrades. SCO came through again in 1997, when the company purchased 10 locations from American Stores, all operating on an IBM POS system. Save Mart decided to keep the IBM machines, at least temporarily, but Pentium servers running the SCO operating system were added. "We connected the stores and the existing IBM hardware to headquarters, and everything's been running fine," Brown says."

"Companywide, there are significant advantages to running SCO UNIX servers, in Save Mart's estimation. "The multi-tasking nature of SCO would be difficult to duplicate in an NT environment," Brown says. "We use those abilities in important ways. We put the software on the floor, where the action is. We treat a SCO server as a mini-mainframe, and we drop terminals off that server for use by sales associates, stock people, customers, or whatever we need. Some of those terminals are RF-based, so we have tremendous flexibility when it comes to practical usage."

Case Study: Cardkey

"'Cardkey chose SCO UNIX and Compaq because they provided reliable, tested, proven, platforms and operating systems that we knew we could take into the field to run the security application that was the best in the market, bar none,' explained Derek Trimble, Cardkey's vice president of Marketing and New Product Development."

"The solution has enabled Cardkey to dramatically increase the number of system transactions, which has helped the company to improve sales and remain competitive."

SCO UNIX is Legally Unencumbered

SCO is the owner of the UNIX Operating System Intellectual Property that dates all the way back to 1969, when the UNIX System was created at Bell Laboratories. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, SCO has acquired ownership of the copyrights and core technology associated with the UNIX System. The SCO source division will continue to offer traditional UNIX System licenses to preserve, protect, and enhance shareholder value.

As early as May 2003, SCO warned Linux® users that enterprise use of the Linux® operating system was in violation of its intellectual property rights in UNIX technology. Certain copyrighted application binary interfaces ("ABI Code") have been copied verbatim from SCO's copyrighted UNIX code base and contributed to Linux® for distribution under the General Public License ("GPL") without proper authorization and without copyright attribution. These facts support SCO's position that the use of the Linux® operating system in a commercial setting violates our rights under the United States Copyright Act, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

While some application programming interfaces ("API Code") have been made available over the years through POSIX and other open standards, the UNIX ABI Code has only been made available under copyright restrictions. AT&T made these binary interfaces available in order to support application development to UNIX operating systems and to assist UNIX licensees in the development process. The UNIX ABIs were never authorized for unrestricted use or distribution under the GPL in Linux®. As the copyright holder, SCO has never granted such permission. Nevertheless, many of the ABIs contained in Linux®, and improperly distributed under the GPL, are direct copies of our UNIX copyrighted software code.


SCO Open Letter on Copyrights - from Darl McBride, CEO

"Since last March [2003] The SCO Group has been involved in an increasingly rancorous legal controversy over violations of our UNIX intellectual property contract, and what we assert is the widespread presence of our copyrighted UNIX code in Linux. These controversies will rage for at least another 18 months, until our original case comes to trial. Meanwhile, the facts SCO has raised have become one of the most important and hotly debated technology issues this year, and often our positions on these issues have been misunderstood or misrepresented. Starting with this letter, I'd like to explain our positions on the key issues. In the months ahead we'll post a series of letters on the SCO Web site. Each of these letters will examine one of the many issues SCO has raised. In this letter, we'll provide our view on the key issue of U.S. copyright law versus the GNU GPL (General Public License)."

"SCO asserts that the GPL, under which Linux is distributed, violates the United States Constitution and the U.S. copyright and patent laws. . . ." "Based on the views of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, we believe that adoption and use of the GPL by significant parts of the software industry was a mistake. The positions of the Free Software Foundation and Red Hat against proprietary software are ill-founded and are contrary to our system of copyright and patent laws. We believe that responsible corporations throughout the IT industry have advocated use of the GPL without full analysis of its long-term detriment to our economy. We are confident that these corporations will ultimately reverse support for the GPL, and will pursue a more responsible direction."

"In the meantime, the U.S. Congress has authorized legal action against copyright violators under the Copyright Act and its most recent amendment, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. SCO intends to fully protect its rights granted under these Acts against all who would use and distribute our intellectual property for free, and would strip out copyright management information from our proprietary code, use it in Linux, and distribute it under the GPL. "

"We take these actions secure in the knowledge that our system of copyright laws is built on the foundation of the U.S. Constitution and that our rights will be protected under law. We do so knowing that those who believe 'software should be free' cannot prevail against the U.S. Congress and voices of seven U.S. Supreme Court justices who believe that 'the motive of profit is the engine that ensures the progress of science.'"


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