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.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010109/LATU087LOGO-a )
As reflected in the Caldera mission statement, the new Caldera
International will focus on three distinct areas, "...to 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
"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
"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 http://www.caldera.com/partners/industry/quotes.html.
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 http://www.sco.com and
http://www.tarantella.com 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
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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