From: SCO Informatin <i...@sco.COM>
Subject: SCO Extends Contribution to Open Source Community
Organization: The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
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SCO EXTENDS CONTRIBUTION TO OPEN SOURCE COMMUNITY
Company Releases SAR Source Code with Aim Toward Open Standard
SANTA CRUZ, CA (June 14, 1999) - Demonstrating its commitment to the open
source community and to open standards, SCO(NASDAQ: SCOC) today announced
it has plans to license key software and source code to the open source
SCO will license its System Activity Reporter (SAR) source code to the open
source community in cooperation with Starnix, Inc., the first maintainers
of the code. SAR is currently used to retrieve data for administering the
UnixWare 7 System V Release 5 (SVR5) kernel. With SAR's release to the open
source community, SCO believes the code will help standardize kernel
administration across operating systems.
The release of SAR to the open source community will consist of two phases.
First, SCO has formed an agreement with Starnix, who will head a team of
developers to port SAR to Linux and BSD-derived operating systems. In the
second phase, SCO will rename the source code OpenSAR and coordinate its
release with Starnix under the terms of the Mozilla public license.
"The open source model is very positive for the entire software industry,"
said Doug Michels, president and CEO of SCO. "The concept of many
individuals working without commercial intent has played a large role in
the innovation and success of UNIX and open systems. We appreciate this
opportunity to support the open source community and are releasing SAR to
help solve system analysis problems across multiple platforms."
The joint development and licensing agreement combines the commercial
experience of SCO with the open source skill of Starnix. "The leadership
that SCO has demonstrated by its release of SAR will benefit the entire
computing community," said Starnix partner Evan Leibovitch. "Users of open
source based systems are especially sensitive to performance issues these
days, and SCO's SAR package offers the perfect standard system analysis
tool. Starnix is delighted to be able to help bring SAR to the open source
"SCO originally designed and developed SAR as a standard cross-platform
interface for system analysis tools," said Lisa Ozimek, vice president of
the UNIX System Group at SCO. "Its adoption by the open source community
will inject new life into this standards effort. This is also the first
time that we have released any UNIX System V SVR5 source code to the open
Related SCO Activity
In addition to the release of SAR, SCO has made other contributions to open
source and open standards.
* SCO released Lxrun, -- a program that allows UNIX operating systems to
run unmodified Linux desktop applications.
* SCO is a member of Project UDI (Uniform Driver Interface). This project
will make driver development totally independent from operating system
* SCO provides the Open License Software Supplement (OLSS) free of charge
to UnixWare 7 and SCO OpenServer Release 5 operating system customers. The
OLSS is a set of popular open source applications conveniently provided on
a single CD-ROM.
For more information about the OpenSAR project, please see:
Starnix, Inc. was one of the first companies to successfully introduce
Linux and open source computing to the corporate environment. It offers a
variety of integration, support, training, performance enhancement and
development services to users of most forms of Linux and Unix. It is also a
significant participant in community projects such as the Linux
Professional Institute and the Canadian Linux Users' Exchange. For more
information, see the Starnix website at http://www.starnix.com.
SCO is the world's number one provider of UNIX server operating systems,
and the leading provider of network computing software that enables clients
of all kinds - including PCs, graphical terminals, NCs, and other devices -
to have Webtop access to business-critical applications running on servers
of all kinds. SCO designed Tarantella software, the world's first
application broker for network computing. SCO sells and supports its
products through a worldwide network of distributors, resellers, systems
integrators, and OEMs. For more information, see SCO's home page at
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