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SCO cuts jobs to boost Unix business

SCO has cut a small number of jobs last week in an effort to push its Unix products group to profitability.

SCO spokesman Blake Stowell said that less than 10% of the 275 people employed by the company lost their jobs last month.

The cuts were made in every area of the company, including marketing, sales, administration and engineering.

"The reason [for the cuts] is because the company is trying to help its core Unix business be profitable by the end of our third quarter this year," Stowell said. "In order to gain that profitability, some minor cutbacks were necessary."

Stowell said the layoffs were not prompted by BayStar Capital, one of SCO's largest investors. Last month, BayStar, which is looking for a way out of its $20m (£11m) investment in the Unix company, demanded that SCO change its top management and drop its Unix business.

Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld


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