CALDERA(r), SCO(r) UNVEIL OPEN UNIX(r) 8 Monday 26 March 2001 PDF Print Collaborative Product Deploys Linux(r) Applications in Enterprise-Class Environment, Launch to Follow Proposed Acquisition - Developers to Get Early Access CeBIT, Hanover, Germany-March 26, 2001-Caldera Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALD) and The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. (SCO) (Nasdaq: SCOC) today announced the forthcoming release of Open UNIX 8. By incorporating the Linux Kernel Personality (LKP) technology into the next release of the UnixWare(r) 7 kernel, Open UNIX 8 will enable Linux applications to be deployed on top of the powerful and highly scalable UNIX kernel. Caldera will become the owner of the UNIX kernel when the acquisition of the SCO Server Software Division is completed as estimated in the second calendar quarter of 2001. Open UNIX 8 will maintain compatibility and continuity with the UnixWare 7 operating system while providing a complete Linux environment. In addition, the product will incorporate support for the execution of unmodified Linux Intel(r) Architecture binaries, giving users, resellers and ISVs the best of both UNIX and Linux technologies. The result is transparent execution of Open UNIX 8 (or UnixWare 7) applications and most Linux applications, which will run without modification or recompilation. "Open UNIX 8 is the first step in implementing the vision of the pending new company," said Ransom Love, president and CEO of Caldera Systems. "It combines the heritage of UNIX with the momentum of Linux, and will be our premiere product for data intensive applications like database, email and supply chain management. The incorporation of the Linux application engine into the UnixWare kernel essentially redefines the direction of the product, and motivates a new brand identity - Open UNIX." "If you need to run a Linux application in a data center environment, Open UNIX 8 will fill the bill with the highest standard of reliability and scalability," said Dave McCrabb, president of the SCO Server Software Division. "We are 'unifying UNIX with Linux for Business' and this product is a major proof point." "One of the strengths of UNIX is its ability to provide enterprise-class, data intensive applications," said Bill Claybrook, research director for Linux and UNIX of Aberdeen Group. "Open UNIX 8 is positioned to play a significant role in bridging the gap to Linux implementation in a data center environment." The LKP technology in Open UNIX 8 will include the same GNU tools and libraries built into Caldera OpenLinux(tm), which were developed with close adherence to the specifications of the proposed Linux Standards Base (LSB). Open UNIX 8 will track this developing standard, assuring the highest degree of application compatibility. Open UNIX 8 will be demonstrated at Caldera's booth at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, March 22-28, Hall 3 Stand C45. An Early Availability Program is in place to supply selected partners with LKP technology previews based on UnixWare 7.1.1 systems. In April, Caldera and the SCO Server Software Division will begin distributing Open UNIX 8.0 beta versions to a broad list of partners. The product is targeted to be available mid-year and will include additional enhancements and refinements to the UNIX platform, representing an additional value for existing UnixWare 7 customers. Open UNIX 8 will be available to UnixWare 7 customers as a system upgrade. For more information about Caldera Systems' and SCO's products and services, please visit http://www.calderasystems.com and www.sco.com. Caldera Systems, Inc. Founded in 1998 by Ransom Love, Caldera Systems (Nasdaq: CALD) is a "Linux for Business" leader. Caldera specializes in the development, deployment and management of Linux-based clients and servers. Based in Orem, UT, Caldera has offices and 1000+ resellers worldwide. 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. 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. 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. 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