Ok, First of all, I made a mistake. The product I'm talking about is OpenServer, not OpenDesktop. I had a brain fart.
Now let's be clear about something: UNIX was developed by AT&T and has been around for many years. There is nothing wrong with the code and the architecture was VERY stable over a long period of time. There have been some variants (BSD, etc.) but the product itself is pretty darn good. Some companies, (Cromemco, SCO, DEC, IBM, others) ported the OS to the z80/S100, x86, PDP8, and other computer architectures. The design is still good. There was never anything wrong with the product, and many of us in the x86 camp ran servers for years on SCO Xenix, UNIX, ESIX, Kodak, and more. The architecture was very stable and very mature. It was the standard architecture for getting real work done. I sold and supported thousands of installations of SCO Unix and ESIX to NASA in the early '90's. I remember when Linux was just a toy operating system. Linux and MINIX were the two experimental OS's that hoped to perform as well as UNIX.
So, the problem is not in the product. The bad feelings about SCO came about after a few other companies bought the rights, Caldera renamed itself "The SCO Group, and then started suing LINUX users and other companies, claiming that they were using code that SCO owned. Many companies settled quickly, but IBM refused to be intimidated and called the SCO Group's bluff. It ended badly for SCO (after many years). But the product is not the company. XINUOS started out small, but is making good headway in supporting a fine, mature product. I hope it doesn't implode or go out of business, but with so much ignorance being bandied about, I'm not willing to bet on them long-term.
I am, however, willing to buy their product as long as it's available.