SCO Group has announced that the anticipated Legend release of its OpenServer Unix operating system has entered beta testing, while a new version of its SCOoffice Server collaboration software is now available.
The Lindon, Utah-based company might be better known for its legal claims that Linux contains Unix code, but it is also attempting to rejuvenate its Unix operating system business, and the release of Legend could go a long way to doing that.
First announced at SCO’s Forum event a year ago, Legend is due for release in the first quarter of 2005, and is focused on updating the edge-of-network operating system with new application and hardware support.
Legend will also support the latest versions of Java and include versions of the open source MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, the irony of which will not be lost on those that have been following the company’s numerous attacks against the open source community and development model.
Legend will also include a new developer environment enabling developers to create applications for deployment on both OpenServer and UnixWare, the company’s enterprise-focused operating system.
Other improvements include increased performance and scalability for symmetrical multi-processing and load-balancing, virtual private networking technology, an encrypted file system, and new web services capabilities via the SCOx Web Services Substrate framework for supporting SOAP and XML-based web services.
Meanwhile, SCO has updated its SCOoffice Server email and collaboration software with version 4.1 with additional anti-spam and virus protection. Available now for the current 5.0.7 version of OpenServer, SCOoffice Server 4.1 supports Outlook, Eudora and Netscape email clients, and is targeted at small-to-medium sized businesses looking for a Unix-based alternative to Microsoft’s Exchange.