I am a bit speechless. SCO's conference today was to say Unix developers can make some money if only they'll develop for SCO again. If they pay you a $1000 then will you at least take a look? Will you code for them for a BMW? As for SCO's anti-Linux litigation scorched earth policy... well, it's never mind about all that.
I have to ask, though. What happens if you look at their UNIX code? Does your brain belong to SCO forever more? What if you later wanted to contribute to GNU/Linux? Oh. I think I get it. It's really a nefarious plan to reduce the number of Linux developers. What a concept. Joke, joke.
Here's SCO's press release, titled "SCO Plans Multi-Million Dollar Investment Into Mobile Application Development."
I'll let Charles Babcock tell you about it in his article on CRN, SCO To Unix Developers: We Want You Back":
To draw Unix developers back into its embrace, SCO is offering cash incentives for developers to attend its upcoming user group conference in Las Vegas in August. Training in SCO's EdgeBuilder developer kit will be offered at the conference; attendees completing it will be given $1,000.
EdgeBuilder is a set of tools for building smart phone and other wireless applications that can tie into SCO's Me Inc. set of mobility services, such Shout, for broadcasting messages or customized marketing campaigns, and Vote, for launching opinion polls and other feedback mechanisms.
SCO is also offering a 10-cylinder BMW car or a $100,000 cash prize for the developers who use the toolkit to produce the best wireless applications. SCO calls it The Edgeclick Developer Challenge. ...McBride said the case against IBM "is scheduled to come to trial in early 2007. We continue to feel we have a strong case and we're looking forward to our day in court. But while the legal teams have been off litigating, the business team has been busy innovating."
Which is why it needs you to write some code for it. It seems it is concentrating on ringtones and "on making mobile business transactions easier to implement".
So, there's the offer. Does SCO get it, or what? Yup. Money has always inspired UNIX developers. Not.
Reaping what you sow is sometimes very painful. It turns out kicking Penguins in the heart isn't a very good business plan. Go figure.
Here's the press release:
SCO Kicks Off New Investment Program With 'The EdgeClick Developer
Challenge' Emphasizing the Creation of Mobile Applications Using the New
EdgeBuilder SDK and Providing an Additional $1,000 to Each Developer Who
Attends SCO Forum
LINDON, Utah, June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The SCO Group, Inc.
("SCO") (Nasdaq: SCOX) a leading provider of UNIX(R) software technology
for distributed, embedded and network-based systems, today announced a
significant new worldwide investment program that rewards developers for
creating innovative, new mobile applications for wireless handset devices
using the company's new EdgeBuilder software developer kit (SDK). To
kickoff this new program SCO has developed "The EdgeClick Developer
Challenge" where developers have the chance to win a grand prize of a new
V10, 507 horsepower BMW M5 or $100,000 USD in cash. There will also be 10
additional winners that receive a significant cash prize.
SCO, Windows and Java developers are invited to attend SCO's 20th
annual SCO Forum conference and participate in "The EdgeClick Developer
Challenge" to create the next "killer application" or mobile service. SCO
will further invest in developers who attend Forum with a $1,000 bonus
after completing their EdgeBuilder SDK training that will take place during
SCO Forum. To receive this bonus, developers must register for Forum by
July 15 as space is limited. For complete rules and qualifications for
participating in "The EdgeClick Developer Challenge" and to register for
SCO Forum, developers should visit http://www.edgeclickpark.com/challenge.
"During the last 25 years SCO has been committed to the UNIX platform
and continues to reaffirm its commitment to that platform. Thousands of
developers have created applications for the UNIX platform, and now we're
inviting them along with Windows and Java developers to take those legacy
applications and create new ones on our new EdgeClick platform," said Darl
McBride, president and CEO, The SCO Group Inc. "We have spent tremendous
amounts of time and resources developing and upgrading our technology and
have designed the developer investment program to make application
mobilization quick, easy and profitable for developers, partners and
The EdgeBuilder SDK provides developers with many technologies and
tools for creating:
- mobile device clients
- application services that run on SCO's Edge Processor
- administration web pages for mobile applications
- connection agents for reaching into corporate data sources
In addition to gaining valuable training and education using SCO's
EdgeBuilder SDK, attendees of this year's SCO Forum will hear from leading
industry luminaries, analysts and thought leaders about the growing mobile
device market and the trends in developing mobile services and
SCO Forum will take place August 6-9, 2006 at the Mirage Hotel and
Convention Center in Las Vegas. This year's conference, sponsored by HP(R),
MySQL(R), and many other partners, will also focus on the company's many
UNIX-based solutions with SCO OpenServer(R) and UnixWare(R). The conference
is attended by hundreds of developers, resellers, industry hardware and
software partners, system integrators, distributors, customers, and members
of the media and analyst community.
Many breakout sessions and keynotes will focus on development platforms
and web services for designing and implementing mobile services, including
service-oriented architectures (SOA), Java, and many others. These
EdgeClick break out sessions will be particularly valuable to developers
with previous experience using .NET, C#, J2ME, SOAP, XML, SOA, SMS and
GPRS/EDGE technologies, protocols, and implementations.
"Developers are central to the success of any platform technology
company and this developer challenge is an investment by SCO in the
developer community and our research and development efforts," said Sandy
Gupta, chief technology officer and general manager for the platforms
division, The SCO Group, Inc. "By tapping into the talents and abilities of
developers around the world, SCO will create a marketplace and channel for
the creation, selling and distribution of mobile services and applications.
According to In-Stat, as the expected sales of wireless handsets increase
each year to exceed more than 1.9 billion units in 2011, customers will
embrace powerful new mobile solutions created by these developers. The
tools and training obtained at SCO Forum 2006 with the EdgeBuilder SDK will
empower developers to quickly create powerful mobile services and
In connection with today's announcement, the company will hold a
teleconference for developers, media and analysts on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Darl McBride, president and CEO, and Sandy
Gupta, general manager and CTO, will provide further details and answer
questions on the call. Participants should dial toll free 1-800-289-0544 or
use the toll number +1-913-981-5533; and enter the confirmation code:
9023430. A webcast is also available at the following web site
The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX) is a leading provider of UNIX software
technology for distributed, embedded and network-based systems, offering
SCO OpenServer for small to medium business, UnixWare for enterprise
applications, and Me Inc. for digital network services. SCO's highly
innovative and reliable solutions help millions of customers grow their
businesses everyday, from SCO OpenServer on main street to UnixWare on Wall
Street, and beyond. SCO owns the core UNIX operating system, originally
developed by AT&T/Bell Labs and is the exclusive licensor to Unix-based
system software providers.
Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide network of thousands
of resellers and developers. SCO Global Services provides reliable
localized support and services to partners and customers. For more
information on SCO products and services, visit http://www.sco.com.
SCO, SCO OpenServer, the associated SCO logo and EdgeClick are
trademarks or registered trademarks of The SCO Group, Inc. in the U.S. and
other countries. UNIX and UnixWare are registered trademarks of The Open
Group. HP is a registered trademark of the Hewlett-Packard Corporation.
MySQL is a registered trademark of MySQL AB in the USA and other countries.