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Caldera Systems ships OpenLinux 2.2

Apr 19, 1999, 10:14 (3 Talkback[s])

Providing first Linux graphical environment from installation to administration for Linux and Windows users

Next Generation Point and Click "Linux for Business" Solution First to Include: New 2.2 Kernel, KDE 1.1, LIZARD Install, glibc 2.1 Libraries, DHCP Client, PowerQuest Partitioning (Caldera Edition) with BootMagic 4.0 and OpenLinux 2.2 PocketDoc(R) Reference Guide

Orem, UT -- April 19, 1999 -- Caldera Systems, Inc. today shipped OpenLinux 2.2., the recognized technology leader in "Linux for Business" solutions. OpenLinux 2.2 is a 32-bit, proven, tested, stable and supported Linux-based business solution that includes the full Linux source code-with matching binaries-plus integrated programs and tools featuring an increased auto probing for supported hardware, expanded hardware peripheral support and 270 "Best of Class" developer, server and workstation packages. OpenLinux 2.2 includes remote management capabilities and integrates into existing systems, running on Intel-based PCs 386 and up - including laptops - with at least 16 MB of RAM. Included in OpenLinux 2.2 is the StarOffice 5.0 office suite with word processor and spreadsheet providing compatibility with comparable Microsoft(R) Office applications.

The award-winning KDE 1.1, COAS (Caldera Open Administration System) and graphical install Lizard (LInux WiZARD) provide easy point-and-click installation making OpenLinux 2.2 the easiest Linux to install (less than 15 minutes) use, and administer. OpenLinux 2.2 allows users and businesses more familiar with Windows and networking environments to evaluate Linux in a non-threatening, non-destructive way. Using PowerQuest partitioning (Caldera Edition), OpenLinux 2.2 can be installed and removed without a trace. Inclusion of the DHCP client enables plug and play interaction with corporate LANs without requiring UNIX knowledge or experience. Using COAS (integrated into KDE 1.1), system administrators and users can administer the box through a point and click interface without going to the command line-unless they want to.

"OpenLinux 2.2 has taken Linux for Business to the next level," said Ransom Love, President and CEO of Caldera Systems, Inc. "By listening to our business customers and end users we've made using Linux much easier-in both the install and documentation. OpenLinux 2.2 provides a point-and-click graphical installation that greatly reduces Linux time investment and frustration. With KDE 1.1 and the install LIZARD-OpenLinux 2.2 leapfrogs anything out there and will propel Linux further into the enterprise."

Darrell R. Bingham of Enhanced Software Technologies agrees.

"It's also the type of simple installation needed to encourage others to make the switch," said Darrell R. Bingham, Manager of technical support for Enhanced Software Technologies.

"It has a menu-driven installation capable of detecting most system components. Even our sales and office management staff installed it; no yelling, no looks of despair, and no flying computer parts-just straightforward installation. OpenLinux 2.2 may prove to be the tool needed to put Linux in the hands of the masses."

glibc Compatibility

OpenLinux is the first "Linux for Business" solution to offer the 2.1 glibc libraries in a "self-hosted" (matching source and binaries) environment. Self-hosting allows corporate developers to optimize binaries for secure, high-performance turn-key solutions. With the inclusion of the new 2.1 glibc libraries, OpenLinux 2.2 offers 100% forward and backward compatibility with glibc 5 applications. This compatibility enables VARs, systems integrators, corporate customers and users to run and upgrade those libraries when convenient for them.


The Caldera Open Administration System builds upon the current Linux administration system by providing full graphical administration of the existing Linux administration architecture. Users and system administrators can utilize both the old way of using Linux/UNIX and the new graphical environment of COAS with out requiring redundant entry. Unlike other Linux graphical administration environments-COAS keeps track of both sides.


The OpenLinux PocketDoc(R) reference guide provides mobile fingertip information without the bulk of a manual. Fitting neatly into a shirt pocket it provides Linux quick tips ranging from OpenLinux 2.2 installation to Linux Web sites, support materials and user groups worldwide.

OpenLinux 2.2 Features

New Linux 2.2x kernel
KDE 1.1 Desktop (GUI) interface
Glibc 2.1 Library with backward support for libc 5 library-based applications
PowerQuest Partitioning (Caldera Edition) and Boot Magic 4.0
Corel WordPerfect 8
Samba support
Caldera Open Administration System (COAS)
NetWare Client including PAM (Pluggable Authentication Module)
BRU backup and restore Utility
StarOffice 5.0 (word processor, spreadsheet, E-mail and presentation software)
Netscape Communicator
DR-DOS 7.02
XFree86 3.3.3
Linux Source Code
Getting Started Guide


OpenLinux 2.2 will be sold to Caldera Systems, Inc. channel partners at standard discounts. Caldera Systems was the first Linux company to create a Linux VAR channel-now the industry standard-with over 700 resellers worldwide.


Caldera Systems provides full 90-day or five incident free installation support with 24x7 E-mail support to VARs and end-users through the Caldera Systems knowledge base at www.caldera.support.com. Full 24x7, fee-based support -with one-hour response guaranteed-is also available.

Support includes Linux systems administration training and certification courses through Caldera Systems Education Services and Caldera Authorized Training Centers worldwide


Caldera Systems, Inc. is working to ensure Y2K compliance for its OpenLinux technologies and products. For more information please visit our Web site at www.calderasystems.com.

System Requirements

OpenLinux 2.2 - 16 MB RAM, 350 MB Hard Disk, StarOffice and additional packages require 100+ MB of additional disk space, 386, 486 or Pentium/compatible.

Caldera Systems, Inc. is the leader in providing Linux(R)-based business solutions through the OpenLinux line of products and services. OpenLinux solutions are full-featured, 32-bit, "Linux for Business" solutions that are proven, tested, stable and supported. OpenLinux technologies and business solutions integrate with existing systems such as Novell NetWare, LanManager(TM), Sun(R) Microsystems, UNIX(R), IBM(R), Intel, DOS(R) and Microsoft(R) Windows(R) NT. Caldera Systems provides 24 X 7 support to VARs and end-users including Linux systems administration training and certification courses through Caldera Systems Education Services and Caldera Authorized Training Centers worldwide. Caldera Systems is the first Linux company to create the Linux VAR channel-now the industry standard with over 500 resellers worldwide.

OpenLinux products utilize technologies created on the Internet by developers around the world, including the popular Linux kernel developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991. Linux technologies are now used by 10 million+ end users and organizations worldwide.


Caldera Systems, Inc. can be reached at 888-GO-Linux (888-465-4689) or via E-mail at linux@calderasystems.com. Please bookmark http://www.calderasystems.com to access the Caldera Systems, Inc. Web site.

Caldera Systems, Inc. is a Canopy Group holding under the Ray Noorda/Canopy Group Investment Company. Ray Noorda is the former CEO of Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL)

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