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Caldera International's Purpose: Unify Unix and Linux for Business
Thursday, June 22 2006 @ 02:58 AM EDT

I've been busy deep diving, shall we say, through some materials I had saved long ago, but somehow never found a use for. Now that SCO's cards are on the table, I see a use for some of the materials, so I'm going to start placing them on Groklaw, bit by bit. That way we can meaningfully include the materials in the Unix Books methods and concepts project. I've created a new topic, therefore, UNIX M&C, so you can either look for it or avoid it in your preferences.

I've highlighted what I think are the legally significant bits, but as the story changes, there may be other uses, or aspects I don't see. The idea is to build a jigsaw puzzle, piece by piece. No one piece stands alone, but together it paints a picture.

To start off, here's a press release that issued when Caldera International, Inc. was in the process of being born, when Caldera Systems, Inc. did the shuffle with Santa Cruz to get its server software and professional services divisions.

It is dated March 26, 2001, however, so it's prior to shareholder acceptance. The press release therefore announces the "debut" of the new company "after the completion of the acquisition." Note that the stated purpose of forming Caldera International, Inc. was to unify Unix and Linux for the enterprise, the very thing SCO Group, which used to be Caldera, is now suing IBM and passersby over. Note that Ransom Love is quoted as saying that Caldera Systems, Inc. and Santa Cruz had spent the prior 7 months co-developing "integrated products and solutions that allow" them to unify Linux with Unix.

As of the date of this press release, BMW, I can't help but notice, called itself one of SCO's largest customers.


Caldera Systems(R) Previews New Company - Caldera International - At CeBIT With Industry Support

OREM, UT USA 01/09/2001

New Company First to Unify UNIX(R) With Linux(R) for Business
And Pioneers Develop-on, Deploy-on, Management Product Roadmap

HANOVER, Germany, CeBIT, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Caldera Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALD) today announced the debut of Caldera International, the name of the new company after the completion of the acquisition of The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. (SCO) (Nasdaq: SCOC) Server Software and Professional Services divisions by Caldera Systems, Inc. expected the second calendar quarter.

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As reflected in the Caldera mission statement, the new Caldera International will focus on three distinct areas, " help all businesses and customers interested in developing, deploying and managing Linux and unified UNIX platforms." The new company will provide unified UNIX and Linux products on Intel architecture with global sales, services, support and training to companies of any size.

"The goal of Caldera Systems from its inception was to make Linux the alternative business platform in the industry," said Ransom Love, president and CEO of Caldera Systems. "To achieve this goal we knew we needed a comprehensive Develop-on, Deploy-on and Manage strategy -- a strategy that some Linux companies are now trying to brand as their own. Over the last seven months, since announcing our intent to acquire SCO's server and professional services divisions, we have worked to jointly develop and deploy integrated products and solutions that allow us to unify UNIX with Linux to provide this alternative platform. Today, we are proud to preview our accomplishments."

"As a leading Linux for Business company, Caldera has significantly enhanced its industry position in a short period of time," said George Paolini, vice president of technology evangelism and marketing, Sun Microsystems(TM). "The company has substantially contributed to the advancement of the powerful union of Java(TM) technology and Linux and brought its rich experience in developing open source solutions to the broad developer community through such programs as the Java Community Process (JCP)(SM). Unifying UNIX with its Linux for Business focus makes for a solid foundation on which the new Caldera International will be built."

"Novell(R) stands behind the new Caldera International," said Blake Modersitzki, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances for Novell, the leading provider of Net services software. "Novell's eDirectory provides a fully developed and powerful directory service for Caldera's key products. We believe the pending acquisition will strengthen Caldera's maturity and infrastructure, providing even greater enterprise-level solutions."

"As the leading provider of application development and deployment products for Linux, Borland(R) is pleased to be a partner with Caldera International," said Ted Shelton, chief strategy officer of Borland Software Corporation. "The new Caldera International will create an important focal point for enterprise use of Linux, and together we can provide corporations with a complete solution for developing and deploying world class applications on Linux."

"As one of SCO's largest customers worldwide, Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) has tremendous confidence in the new Caldera International," said Dr. Mueller, European director of BMW. "We are currently purchasing licenses for the newest release of SCO Open Server 5 licenses to upgrade existing motor testing applications to the new generation of tester systems. We believe that Caldera International's strategy of unifying UNIX with Linux for business will grow the market for both technologies."

In a CeBIT press conference today, the proposed executives of the new company: Ransom Love, CEO; Dave McCrabb, COO; and Drew Spencer, CTO, outlined the new Caldera International branding and the Unifying UNIX with Linux for Business product roadmaps. For more industry reaction to this announcement please visit

Caldera Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1998 by Ransom Love, Caldera Systems (Nasdaq: CALD) is a "Linux for Business" leader. Caldera was the first to create the "Develop-on, Deploy-on, Manage" strategy for Linux-based clients and servers. Based in Orem, UT, Caldera has offices and 1000+ resellers worldwide. For more information on Caldera products and services, visit

The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
With headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA, The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. is comprised of three independent divisions -- Tarantella, Inc., the Server Software Division, and the Professional Services Division. The Server Software Division is a leading provider of UNIX server operating systems. Tarantella, Inc. promotes a range of software technologies and products that web-enable any application instantly, for access by users anywhere. The Professional Services Division helps organizations create and deploy personalized IT strategies. The three divisions sell and support their products and services through a worldwide network of distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and OEMs. Please visit and for more information.

Caldera is a registered trademark of Caldera Systems, Inc. All other products, services, companies, events and publications are trademarks, registered trademarks or servicemarks of their respective owners in the U.S. and/or other countries.

The Santa Cruz Operation, SCO, UnixWare and Tarantella are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. in the USA and other countries. Sun Microsystems and Java are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

LINUX is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries.

Forward Looking Statements

The statements set forth above include forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the pending sale of SCO's Server Software and Professional Services divisions to Caldera Systems, Inc., that involve risks and uncertainties. Caldera and SCO ("the Companies") wish to advise readers and investors that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include SCO and Caldera shareholders not approving the transaction, conditions to the merger not being satisfied or waived, the failure of the products described above to operate as designed due to incompatibility with some platforms or other defects; the Companies' reliance on developers in the open source community; new and changing technologies and customer acceptance of those technologies; the Companies' ability to compete effectively with other companies; failure of the Companies' brands to achieve the broad recognition necessary to succeed; unenforceability of the GNU general public license; the Companies' reliance on third party developers of components of their software offerings; claims of infringement of third-party intellectual property rights; and disruption in the Companies' distribution sales channel. These and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially, are also discussed in the Companies' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including their recent filings on Form 10-Q.

SOURCE Caldera Systems, Inc.

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