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ZDNet: Caldera targets developers with latest Workstation

Oct 22, 2001, 13:52 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael P. Deignan)

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"OpenLinux Workstation 3.1 is the latest release of Caldera's Linux-based desktop operating system. In what appears to be a shift in focus from its user-centric eDesktop 2.4 , Caldera seems to be targeting its workstation distribution directly at the developer market by adding a wide variety of development tools to its already solid desktop configuration, making this latest version well-suited for corporate in-house development.

The distribution is packaged with programs and utilities specifically designed to enable Linux developers to create commercial, open source, or corporate applications. It facilitates the creation of applications that conform to an open standards environment, including the proposed Linux Standard Base. Developers can use the included Java, C, or C++ development tools to create scalable applications. OLW's C environment consists of the GNU C and C++ compilers (at the 2.5.2 revision level), and the 2.2.1 GNU C Library. Also included are PERL 5.6.0, Python 1.5.2, and Forte, an integrated set of tools for developing database-aware Web applications. And an optional CD-ROM included with the boxed product provides the 64-bit Caldera OpenLinux EAP (Early Access Product) for Itanium Processors for those developers wishing to develop for that platform.

OLW supports a virtually endless variety of hardware devices, including nearly all of the newer graphics adapters available, numerous network interface cards, and dozens of sound cards. Many USB devices such as mice and keyboards are also supported, and support for Firewire-standard devices is growing. You can verify the compatibility of expansion cards (including SCSI host adapters, sound cards, video cards, and so on) compatibility is easily verified via Caldera's Web site."

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