[rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 68, Issue 12
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Sun Jul 13 07:18:01 CDT 2008
>From: Andrew Jones <ascii.letter at gmail.com>
>Date: 2008/07/12 Sat PM 05:10:52 EDT
>To: rescue at sunhelp.org
>Subject: Re: [rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 68, Issue 12
>In contrast, it was my understanding that SCO had made most of their
>money through channel sales. That is, I was led to believe they made
>most of their money selling to VARs, who would make a huge margin on the
>SCO UNIX sales.
SCO's big market was what I'll call "pseudo-embedded" applications, where lage, national chains would implement store automation solutions with a backroom server running SCO OpenServer OS, stores like "Burlington Coat Factory" (IIRC). I call these pseudo-embedded because the end-user *never* directly interacted with the underlying OS (like a kiosk, for example), but the application suite constantly changed. I tend to think of embedded applications as effectively "burned in ROM", but that's probably not really accurate...
For a while. after Radio Shack gave up on marketing their Tandy 2000 system they took their remaining inventory and deployed one to each store for store automation running Xenix, allowing them to avoid plowing unmarketable technology into the (literal) ground.
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