Santa Cruz Operation Inc had been in discussions with Novell Inc for a NetWare client for its Open Desktop products, but those talks are more or less at an end now that Santa Cruz thinks it will be able to get the same stuff via the Common Open Software Environment. Santa Cruz already has a […]
Santa Cruz Operation Inc had been in discussions with Novell Inc for a NetWare client for its Open Desktop products, but those talks are more or less at an end now that Santa Cruz thinks it will be able to get the same stuff via the Common Open Software Environment. Santa Cruz already has a licence to SunSoft Inc’s ONC+ Open Network Computing and says it will deliver that as part of its latest Open Desktop and Server 3.0 software well before the COSE version comes along. Santa Cruz boasts that it will have the first COSE-compliant desktop on the market. As Unix System Laboratories Inc hasn’t yet delivered a combined Unix System V.4.2 ES/MP offering, Santa Cruz hasn’t advanced its own tentative kernel ambitions in that area, describing its own system as System V.3.95. Santa Cruz promises System V Interface Definition 3 compliance and an X/Open Co Ltd XPG4 update release later this year, along with an Open Software Foundation Distributed Computing Environment developers kit. The firm has no firm plans to adopt SunSelect’s Windows-on-Unix Wabi system – although it has rights to license it – saying the technology still lacks support for MS-DOS and drivers. Santa Cruz claims 28% of all Unixes sold on all systems against SunSoft’s 25%, although Open Desktop sales remain stuck at around 35% of its business instead of the 60% it envisaged at the launch of Open Desktop 2.0 this time last year. Santa Cruz wants more business at the high-end of the market – currently some 25% of its sales – and doesn’t believe there is enough room in the Intel Corp space for the four or more contenders now in line. Santa Cruz claims that it now has 850,000 licensees worldwide, with 200,000 upgrades or new wins last year. It will open Spanish and Swedish offices shortly.