Caldera becomes The SCO Group

Caldera International has changed its name to The SCO Group. The move signals a change of emphasis for the company, which is now placing Unix at the center of its product line.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  August 27, 2002

Caldera International has changed its name to The SCO Group. The move signals a change of emphasis for the company, which is now placing Unix at the center of its product line.

The vendor bought the SCO Unix operation two years ago, but Caldera has recently being moving towards Linux, as seen by its involvement in the UnitedLinux collective. However, Unix still dominates the company’s revenue stream, and it is now expected to focus on developing this instead.

"SCO is back from the dead," SCO’s CEO, Darl McBride said during an opening keynote speech to partners and resellers in Las Vegas, Nevada, reports The Register.

McBride cited the strength of the SCO brand and the growing interest in its products as the reason for the shift.

“The name change to SCO from Caldera builds on a strong market position which we will extend as we reinvent the SCO brand,” McBride later added in a statement.

“For more than two decades, the SCO name has been synonymous with reliability, stability and cost efficiency. Now, the coexistence and collaboration of Unix and Linux systems from a single source offers our customers and channel partners a powerful choice of solutions, backed by a name that powers millions of servers around the world – SCO.”

Analysts felt that the name change, which still needs shareholders’ approval, really reflected market realities, with almost 95% of Caldera’s revenue coming from Unix not Linux products.

"This company really is a Unix company and not a Linux company at this time," Al Gillen, an analyst at IDC, told Silicon.com.

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