What isSanta Cruz Operation

Santa Cruz Operation, or SCO, was a provider of Unix operating systems for x86 platforms. The company was a merger of two companies, Caldera, Inc., and Santa Cruz Operation. In 2001, Caldera acquired Santa Cruz Operation and changed its name to The SCO Group.

In 1979, Santa Cruz Operation was founded as a custom programming house. Its SCO XENIX, released in 1984, was the first operating system to run on the Apple Lisa, PC XT, and DEC Pro 350. It then developed Unix client and server products sold with more than 2 million licenses. SCO acquired all AT&T source code for UnixWare and Unix System V from Novell in 1995. In 1998, it released SCO UnixWare 7 after combining UnixWare and OpenServer.

The SCO Group filed for bankruptcy in 2007, and in 2011, UnXis acquired all assets and intellectual property.

FAQ

What did Santa Cruz Operation provide?

Santa Cruz Operation provided Unix operating systems for x86 platforms.

What was SCO?

SCO was a merger of two companies, Caldera, Inc., and Santa Cruz Operation, which provided Unix operating systems.

What happened to The SCO Group?

The SCO Group filed for bankruptcy in 2007, and in 2011, UnXis acquired all assets and intellectual property.

Final Thoughts

Santa Cruz Operation played a significant role in the history of Unix operating systems for x86 platforms. Its SCO XENIX was the first operating system to run on the Apple Lisa, PC XT, and DEC Pro 350. SCO’s acquisition of all AT&T source code for UnixWare and Unix System V from Novell also contributed to its success. Although The SCO Group filed for bankruptcy in 2007, its legacy continues through UnXis, which acquired all assets and intellectual property.

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