The only SCO boxen in my area were "upgraded" to a pile of partz last century. Power users have the habit of using the latest and greatest thing, and currently, linux is it. However, the day will come when Linux is no longer the preffered operating system for das ubergeek, and it will go away too. When was the last time you saw a CP/M> prompt. If AIX wasn't big and blue, it would be gone too. On Fri, 14 Jul 2000 weez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote: > I read last night that SCO is up for sale. How interesting. > > It seems now that all these companies (does ISU run any SCO boxes?) that > insist that investing lots of money in a "commercial" unix may be up the Unix > creek without a paddle. The idea that "well, we'll *buy* from them, so we > don't have to pay for better administrators" is quite a flawed concept. What > happens to the support contracts? What happens to all the money invested in > a deprecated, proprietary system? > > This seems like a great example of one of the problems with spending lots of > money for something that may not be there in a few years, and a great example > of why open systems (like, oh.. say, Linux) aren't going anywhere anytime > soon. It seems that Linux, *because* of its lack of a single commercial > backing is a wiser choice than others. > > And what if Microsoft somehow suffers the same fate as SCO? At least I can > be sure that all my linux boxes are well-supported, and always will be. > > John > > > --- Mike Taylor Coordinator of Systems Administration and Network Security Indiana State University. Rankin Hall Rm 039 210 N 7th St. Terre Haute, IN. Voice: 812-237-8843 47809 --- "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." --Scott McNealy, Sun MicroSystems.