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UnXis Tells Us What the Plan Is; So Does Open Group - Updated 2Xs
Thursday, April 14 2011 @ 02:15 AM EDT

UnXis, the entity that just bought SCO's software assets, has a website up now, at unxisco.com, where its corporate page tells us what they say they will be doing. This is part of what they now are claiming:
UnXis has a proven “can-do” track record of over 30 years based on the heritage of The Santa Cruz Operation.
Considering that UnXis was just formed for this deal, I wonder at the grandiosity. It has no track record yet at all. Then again, that is for sure the SCO heritage. Remember Caldera changing its name to SCO Group and then saying it had been in business since the 1979, because Santa Cruz Operation started in that year? Well, here we go again. But what will the next moves be? What's the plan?

On the Corporate Overview page, here's what they tell us the plan is:
UnXis is aggressively building its market share by focusing on four customer groups. One, Unxis is engaging large Fortune 500 accounts where it has existing relationships and contacts, mainly targeting in-house development projects of custom built applications where it is key to have the appropriate development tools and compilers (Java).

Two, UnXis is recruiting new Value Added Resellers which are supplying turn-key solutions into specific market segments such as retail, pharmaceutical, etc. and who are looking for an affordable Windows and Linux alternative for development and deployment of their solutions.

Three, UnXis is targeting former end users and resellers lost to Windows and / or Linux over the past 10 years.

Four, UnXis is leveraging contacts in the emerging markets by offering strategic alliances to the most important local market players.

So that's the announced plan.

Wait. What? Targeting end users? Uh oh. That has a creepy sound, considering the heritage of SCO, if you know what I mean.

The UnXis press release they just put out claiming that they owned the UNIX and UnixWare trademarks I told you about is now published on AME Info, which describes itself as "The ultimate Middle East business resource".

[ Update: Actually, now it's all over the Internet. Go to Google, and then search for:

UnXis, Inc. announced today that the purchase of The SCO Group, Inc. operating assets and intellectual property rights has been successfully completed with the transfer of the entire Unix operating systems and software solutions and employees of The SCO Group. UnXis now owns all intellectual property rights and assets related to SCO clearing the way for financial growth and pioneering technical improvements, under its new leadership.
The claim is everywhere.]

A reader asked the Open Group about this claim, and here's the reply he received, which he gave me permission to share with you:

Thank you very much for your email. The UNIX trademark is currently licensed by The Open Group to several companies for use with UNIX systems, certified by The Open Group as being fully conformant to one or more Product Standards. Under a Trademark Licensing Agreement with The Open Group, SCO is licensed to use UNIX and UnixWare which are registered trademarks of The Open Group in the U.S. and other countries, a fact acknowledged by SCO on its website.

The acquisition of SCO's operating assets and transfer of its operating systems and software solutions business to UnXis will mean that an assignment and transfer of the TMLA from SCO to UnXis will be required for such rights to pass. We anticipate that this transfer will be successfully concluded in the very near future. In the meantime, we are requesting UnXis to clarify and correct its press release that misstates the matter of trademark ownership.

Thank you once again for your interest and concern. Please rest assured that the Open Group shall continue to protect UNIX, UNIXWARE and its other registered trademarks with our usual vigor.

Best wishes from The Open Group,

Meryl

*Meryl Schlachterman*
*The Open Group*

Getting that deja vu feeling? I sure am.

UnXisco.com. Hmm. UnXisco seem awkward. Maybe they should reverse the names, and then they could call themselves ScUnX.

Update 2: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has done an interview with UnXis CEO, Richard Bolandz:

Specifically, UnXis plans on updating OpenServer and UnixWare on a quarterly schedule and start introducing cloud computing, 64-bit computing, biometric authentication, VMware compatibility, IPV6 and virtualization features.

Bolandz said, “While SCO currently has two basic families of products: OpenServer and UnixWare….there are many flavors of these products being supported that have been in service for thirty years without an upgrade. Our plan is to eventually merge the capabilities of these two product groups into a 64 bit platform capable of running anything on a virtualized platform.”

It's like a time machine. We get to go back to Project Monterey again. And what about litigation:
So, I asked the UnXis’ CEO, Richard A. Bolandz, what his plans were.

Bolandz replied, “UnXis has no intention to pursue any litigation related to the SCO Group assets acquired by the company. We are all about world leadership in technology not litigation.”

“We acquired the intellectual property, the extremely loyal base of marquee customers in 82 countries worldwide a world class engineering team and a rock solid product on which kernel all new systems will be built. There is no place for litigation in our vision or plan,” Bolandz continued.

Uh huh.

I would just remind everyone that the last time unXis tried to buy SCO's assets in 2009, litigation was very much part of the plan. And while they might not have a plan to sue anyone with the assets they have obtained from SCO, what about in partnership with Novell, after Novell is sold off too, using Novell's IP? You think?


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