Is SCO /etc/tunek a "free-license lunch"?

Posted on 2004-11-11
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
We're running a SCO 5.0.5 OpenServer production box with a 65-user limit. According to an article found on Tony Lawrennce's Unix-related site (, it seems that /etc/tunek could be used to create more users without licenses - something we'd like to do, since we don't seem able to get any more license packs for 5.0.5. (Heck, it took nearly a month for SCO to send us a copy of 5.0.7 - what's up with that?)

Am I missing something here? or does /etc/tunek actually allow this?

Question by:Geoff_Kovarik
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    I prefer FreeBSD for free lunch, but you are free to make your own free lunch
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    You still need to have a valid license to avoid any drama, infor abou how to use drama.
    information about tunek:

    PS: SCO is getting out of the market, consider change to Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris x 86, they are free lunch.

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    SCO is getting out of the market? Where have you read about this?
    I've been reading some of the legal news about their cases, but I didn't hear that they were in fact leaving the UNIX arena...
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    I hope you love their harassing customer service, you naughty software pirate...

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    What customer service? They won't take any questions for less than $2000 per year or $599 per incident (applicable to the yearly fee)...
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    It is sad for me to tell you the story about SCO, I have built more than
    400+ SCO sites worldwide in the past, but not any more.

    While you can get a lot of "free lunch", SCO keep increase their license
    fees ($$$$).

    I do like SCO as a stable Unix version for x86, but I don't like their license fees.

    The way SCO support hareware is very slow, I remember when the first
    IDE tape drive release (199x), I ask SCO for support, and they tell me that they can not support the IDE  tape drive, I endup spent a couple
    of weeks to play with the SCO 5.0.2 kernel, and make it work, which is not too bad, 2 years ahead of SCO formally support the IDE drive!

    (I have not worked with SCO for 5 years now, not sure how good it is now)

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