CALDERA HIRES DIRECTOR OF OPEN SOURCE INITIATIVES Wednesday 31 January 2001 PDF Print Sales VP Brings More Than Eight Years Industry Experience to Open Source Community OREM, UT-January 31, 2001- Caldera Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALD), the leader in "Unifying UNIX with Linux for Business" and a key sponsor of Linux International (LI) and the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), announced today the hiring of Julie Thornton to work with LI and LPI. LI is the voice of the Linux industry. With the help of sponsors like Caldera Systems, LPI provides professional certification to the Linux community. Thornton, a sales and marketing professional with more than eight years experience in the computer industry, will serve as marketing director for LI and LPI. Throughout her career, Thornton has focused on helping UNIX and Linux businesses enhance their marketing and advertising effectiveness. "Thornton is the right person at the right time to assume this position," said John H. Terpstra, vice president of technology and open source strategy for Caldera Systems. "Caldera's role in her appointment indicates our dedication to organizational activities that ensure the well-being of Linux in the corporate space. We recognize Thornton's combined open source and marketing background and have strategically selected her to help bridge the gap between the open source and business communities." "Working with Caldera is an extraordinary opportunity for me to contribute to the advancement of global Linux market share through contribution to two of the leading open source initiatives," said Thornton. "Caldera is a visionary leader in the open source community, and I feel that LI and LPI are programs which offer tremendous value to the growth of Linux." Prior to LI, Thornton served as vice president of sales at LinuxMall.com and as national sales manager of a CMP publication. She has also been a member of the LI http://www.li.org Board of Directors and a participant in the LPI http://www.lpi.org Advisory Council. Caldera Systems, Inc. Caldera Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALD) is a "Linux for Business" technology leader in developing and marketing successful Linux-based business solutions, including its award-winning OpenLinux, NetWare for Linux, Linux technical training, certification and support-with free 30-day phone support and on-site consulting. Caldera OpenLearning Providers offer exceptional distribution-neutral Linux training and certification based on Linux Professional Institute (LPI() certification standards. Caldera Systems supports the open source community and is a leader in, and advocate of, Linux Standard Base (LSB() and LPI(. Caldera, Inc. was co-founded in 1994 by Ransom Love. Caldera Systems, Inc. was founded by Ransom Love in 1998 to develop Linux-based business solutions. Based in Orem, UT, Caldera Systems has offices and 1000+ resellers worldwide. For more information, see www.calderasystems.com or in the US call 888-GO-Linux (888-465-4689). About Linux International and the Linux Professional Institute LI is a non-profit organization based in the United States. It distributes information about Linux and how Linux benefits business and personal users, reserves places at major computer expos, and handles donations for programmers who need money to test applications. LPI focuses on creating a community-based, vendor-neutral certification process aimed at providing Linux certification. Caldera has been a member of LI since August 1995 and is a charter platinum sponsor of LPI. 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. LINUX is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Forward Looking Statements The statements set forth above include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company wishes to advise readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include the failure of the products described above to operate as designed due to incompatibility with some platforms or other defects; our reliance on developers in the open source community; new and changing technologies and customer acceptance of those technologies; the Company's ability to compete effectively with other companies; failure of our brand to achieve the broad recognition necessary to succeed; unenforceability of the GNU general public license; our reliance on third party developers of components of our software offerings; claims of infringement of third-party intellectual property rights; and disruption in the Company's distribution sales channel. These and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially, are also discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent filings on Form 10-Q. 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