SCO updates Unix, OpenServer product plans

Despite the spat between The SCO Group Inc. and IBM Corp., SCO claims it is working on the next versions of SCO OpenServer, UnixWare, as well as the next version of UnixSVR 6.

The company’s next version of SCO OpenServer, popular with small and mid-size businesses and with large distributed enterprises like McDonald’s, Eckerd and Walgreen’s, will focus on Web-enablement. Code-named Project Legend, OpenServer will include new application and hardware support, as well as support for Java, SAMBA, and 32-bit file allocation tables.

In addition, Legend will include a new database, support for the Universal Serial Bus and host bus adapters for attachment to Fibre Channel-based storage. SCO also claims that it will boost the security profile of OpenServer by adding IPsec, VLAN and PAM. SCO OpenServer Legend will also support Apache, Mozilla and be SCOx Web Services enabled.

UnixWare will also support USB, host bus adapters and additional network interface adapters. Like OpenServer, the next version of UnixWare will also support IPsec, PAM, VPNs and Mozilla’s Network Security Services. It will also add Tomcat application server support, PHP and Microsoft Corp.’s Simple Object Access Protocol. The next version of UnixWare will also support a long list of Web applications, including OpenLDAP, Perl, Mozilla, Java 1.4.2 and a sendmail upgrade.

SCO isn’t stopping there however. A new version of Unix will be also announced – SVR6. Unix SVR6 will support SCOx, TCP/IP, streams, multiprocessing Windows and SCO Admin, as well as J2EE, SOAP, WBEM. Like Sun Microsystems Inc.’s Solaris, SCO claims it will be an operating environment rather than an operating system.

Legend is expected to go into beta in the third quarter of 2004 and be released in the fourth quarter of 2004. The next version of UnixWare is expected in the first quarter of 2004 and SVR6 will follow in Q4 of 2004.

Pricing was not disclosed.