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CRN: Sneak Preview: Linux Software -- Caldera unveils OpenLinux 2.4

Apr 12, 2000, 07:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frank Ohlhorst)

"Caldera Systems Inc. has elevated the Linux desktop market with its latest incarnation of OpenLinux. The package, which includes the operating system, office suite and Internet tools, makes Linux a viable alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s various flavors of Windows on the desktop."

"The CRN Test Center installed OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 on an Acer America Corp. notebook computer with an Intel Corp. Pentium II processor, and a white-box system with a Pentium III processor. Several different installation methods are available, including an install launched from within Windows, with an option of installing a special version of PartitionMagic to facilitate repartitioning the hard disk. That method allows Windows and Linux to exist on the same system and, by using the included special version of PowerQuest's BootMagic, to select which operating system to run during bootup. To ease data migration, OpenLinux supports read-only access to Windows partitions to allow users the ability to copy files and data from Windows to the Linux partitions."

"OpenLinux can be installed via the included boot disk, allowing a native installation of Linux to unpartitioned and unformatted media. The disk runs a utility to validate hardware compatibility before launching Orem, Utah-based Caldera's Linux installation wizard, called Lizard."

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