SCO's Mobile Play

SCO's Mobile Play

Summary: SCO has been much maligned to the point that it's easy to forget that there a real people who work there, just trying to do their jobs. Being from Utah, where SCO is located, I happen to know a few of them.

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SCO has been much maligned to the point that it's easy to forget that there a real people who work there, just trying to do their jobs. Being from Utah, where SCO is located, I happen to know a few of them.

This story on SCO's mobile push technology is one I'm familiar with because the engineer behind it is a good friend. SCO bought his company and the technology a few years ago. I saw a demo at my monthly CTO breakfast in April and was pretty impressed.

The most impressive thing to me was not the specific push product featured in the article, but the technology that underpins it, something SCO calls Me, Inc. Mobile phones are horrible to develop for because everyone has a different OS, language support, and so on. Me, Inc. is a level playing field that provides a single development and run-time environment regardless of mobile phone.

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  • Troll

    [i]The most impressive thing to me was not the specific push product featured in the article, but the technology that underpins it, something SCO calls Me, Inc. Mobile phones are horrible to develop for because everyone has a different OS, language support, and so on. Me, Inc. is a level playing field that provides a single development and run-time environment regardless of mobile phone.[/i]

    So is QT, (interestingly, another Utah connection since Canopy is a major investor). The key difference is that QT actually has proven product and is being provided by a company that isn't sitting at Ground Zero for three different nuclear strikes.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • You want interesting?

      "interestingly, another Utah connection since Canopy is a major investor"

      Ok, follow the bread crumbs.

      Canopy has ties to Caldara, and Caldara is SCOG who happens to be "Me Inc"

      What do they all have in common besides Caldara (aka SCOG)??

      Microsoft happens to have supplied funds (for one reported reason or another) to each
      bitfuzzy
      • Canopy

        [i]Canopy has ties to Caldara, and Caldara is SCOG who happens to be "Me Inc"[/i]

        s/has/had/

        Canopy jettisoned Ralph Yarro and Caldera/SCOX at the same time. Now Ralph has the shares in SCOX that Caldera used to have.
        Yagotta B. Kidding
    • stability and long term viability

      I agree Yagotta, anyone considering a technology has to consider the long term viability of the company and SCO's put itself in a position where that's a potential customers #1 concern. I'd hate to be on SCO's sales force--that's gotta be a tough job.
      windley
  • there is a choice

    Mobile phones are horrible to develop for because everyone has a different OS, language support, and so

    I guess if MS Windows did not come along, PC would be in a similar situation.

    Hopefully the mobile operators and phone companies like motorola, erikson etc use a sensible OS for mobile phones like Windows Mobile (which uses similar programming tools, languages etc) that are an industry standard
    zzz1234567890
  • The SCO ship is sinking

    It is unfortunate for the workers at SCO who have no control over what the scumbags who run the company are doing, but that ship is sinking and I don't think any new product is going to save it.
    GrumpyOldMan