SCO ships Linux for Itanium

SCO Group, which gained notoriety for a Linux-related lawsuit it filed against IBM last month, released a version of Linux for Intel's Itanium processor family on Tuesday.

The Lindon, Utah-based company's product costs $999 for systems with as many as four Itanium 2 processors and includes a one-year subscription to SCO's software update service.

The software is based on version 1.0 of the Linux distribution from the UnitedLinux consortium, which includes SCO Group, SuSE, Conectiva and Turbolinux. The companies formed the consortium to counter the influence of dominant Linux seller Red Hat.

Operating systems for Intel's high-end Itanium chip family are a sore point for SCO, which had collaborated with IBM on an Itanium version of SCO's UnixWare called Project Monterey. The collaboration took place before SCO was acquired by Linux seller Caldera Systems, which last year adopted the SCO name.

But IBM abandoned Project Monterey in favor of Linux, a move that frustrated SCO and that eventually made its way into SCO's lawsuit against IBM. Among other things, SCO accused IBM of using Project Monterey as a mechanism to misappropriate trade secrets for running Unix on Intel processors--information that Big Blue then allegedly used to improve how Linux runs on Intel processors.

News source: CNET News - SCO ships Linux for Itanium

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