Message ID: 38275
Posted By: diogenese19348
Posted On: 2003-09-05 18:48:00
Subject: SCOX and the Dinosaurs

<< msft and sunw. also, I think that fox77 guy is a scox reseller.

I have a real compassion for the SCOX VAR’s, I really do. And I mean this honestly, I am not being sarcastic. SCO Unix is (was) a venerated product, that did a damned good job. Not cheaply mind you, but in its heyday, it got the job done. In 1992 I worked in a shop that ran SCO UNIX386 on a Unisys 486 25 Mhz with 32 megs of RAM. Using Digiboards, and state-of-the-art MultiTech 9,600 baud modems, we ran a $25 million revenue per month company, with 36 users (data entry) off that damned thing. The desktops all ran Windows 3.1, but that one box was the heart and soul of the company. And that was only 11 years ago folks.

A lot of SCOX VARs are mom and pop operations, and mom and pop are getting ready to retire. Up until recently, they were working for a respected company with a venerated, but long-in-the-tooth operating system.

SCO (As in Santa Cruz) knew it had to change to survive, and sold its UNIX to SCOX (otherwise known as SCUMX).

So mom and pop end up in Las Vegas, where Darl and company do a “Spinal Tap” type show... “I hope you like the new direction of the Band”, while dancing around a 6 inch high replica of Stonehenge.

Then they get a microphone thrust in their face. What did they think of the presentation? “OH MY GOD MY RETIREMENT IS FUCKED!!!”. Well that was what they were thinking. What they were saying was “I am relieved. I think Mayor McCheese has a strong case against the IBMBurgler”.

They may have also heard about the nasty’s on this board, and are trying to protect their business in their declining years.

I am a 49 year old programmer. I cannot tell you how many classes, seminars, languages, and metaphors I have been through to keep my skills current. Some have not, and they are hoping against hope there nitch lasts until they can get out of the business.

So anyway, I have compassion for the VAR’s. Some dinosaurs make it to their golden years. Others get wiped out by asteroids (trademark by Atari)

Message ID: 38294
Posted By: korbomite
Posted On: 2003-09-05 19:26:00
Subject: Re: SCOX and the Dinosaurs

I have no sympathy for the VARs who were in SCUMForum 2003 and are still VARs.

They are as scummy as their Masters in Lindon... they cheered the dog 'n pony show, then cheered when it was announced that GPL software would save their ugly, stupid software.

They are hypocrites, liars and losers. I was an oldSCO reseller and ISV. When I dropped them in favor of Linux, my grosses went UP.

Message ID: 39050
Posted By: diogenese19348
Posted On: 2003-09-08 19:17:00
Subject: I love my job...

You are going to love this, you really are.

Large companies like mine, particularly if they grow by acquisition as mine did, have a number of small system requests for small parts of the company. Those that concern my internal client cross my desk for technical appraisal. I don’t make the software buying decisions, I only give the technical appraisal, but if I say “no”, it usually means “no". (The flip side, I can say yes to a number of competing systems, some else chooses among them)

You will never guess what crossed my desk today. Yep. A solution that uses SCO Unix. But here is the good part.... the solution was a vertical application that runs on SCO Unix. So not only did I get to nix it, I got to tell the vender why we would not consider his software.

The “drip, drip, drip” you are hearing is the sound of SCOX customers deserting.


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