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Caldera Rebrands UnixWare: Introduces Linux Compatibility Layer to Upcoming "Open UNIX 8"

Mar 26, 2001, 17:23 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

By Michael Hall, LinuxToday

Caldera has announced the upcoming release of Open UNIX 8, formerly known as UnixWare, which it acquired as part of its purchase of the SCO Server Software Division. The company will also be changing its name to Caldera International following the completion of its acquisition of SCO some time second quarter of this year.

According to the company, the name change is reflective of the addition of the "Linux Kernel Personality" (LKP) layer to the product, which will allow the execution of most Linux binaries without modification or recompilation. The LKP layer will, the company said, include the same GNU tools as found in Caldera's pure Linux offering: Caldera OpenLinux. In addition the company promised to closely track and adhere to the Linux Standards Base's (LSB) efforts to provide a common specification for Linux distributions. The addition of the LKP will not affect backward compatibility with existing UnixWare installations.

"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, in a press release. "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."

In April, Caldera and the SCO Server Software Division will begin wide distribution of Open UNIX 8.0 beta versions and the final product is targeted to be available mid-year.

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