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May, 1997: SCO UNIX and WinNT Cooperation

Mike Sanford of Santa Cruz Operation, widely known as SCO, presented information about their cooperation strategies with WinNT. They offer a product which competes with the free Samba package which makes an SCO UNIX server look like a WinNT server to Windows client workstations. The package uses technologies licensed from Microsoft through NCR to provide these capabilties. UNIX servers and printers show up on the Windows desktop in the "Network Neighborhood". Underneath, the UNIX file system protections provide final authority on just which UNIX files a Windows client can access. UNIX print queue managers actually drive the printers.

SCO also offers their Vision products which provide Windows clients access to various services of a UNIX Server. These include Xterm access, SQL access through ODBC, and others. All of these services support a Microsoft specification for allowing a Windows client to access server services. Since Microsoft is trying to use these specifications to extend their domination of the desktop into the server market, they tend to change frequently. Microsoft also introduces little technical refinements designed to exploit WinNT server features into these client interfaces.

SCO is also working on a project called Gemini which integrates OpenServer UNIX and UnixWare into a single package.

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February 15, 2009

February 2008: FRUUG Enters Quiescent Phase
After 27 years running, we're suspending operations.

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