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E-Commerce Times: Caldera Taps Tech Data to Distribute OpenLinux

Sep 21, 1999, 16:14 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew W. Beale)

"This week, Caldera Systems, Inc. entered into a distribution deal with Tech Data Corp....fueling speculation that the Orem, Utah-based Linux vendor could be "the next Red Hat." Tech Data, an e-commerce solutions provider, recently announced a Linux Support Center."

"The deal will help to push Caldera Systems' line of business and end-user products -- which include the recently released version 2.3 of its OpenLinux operating system (OS) -- through a marketing agreement and will serve to enhance its reseller channel partner program. Tech Data's Linux Support Center will benefit through collaboration on reseller education and technical services..."

"Under the terms of the agreement, Tech Data will offer OpenLinux as a factory-installed OS option for systems made available through its TDEnsemble configuration and assembly centers as well as provide telephone support for Caldera's products. According to a Tech Data company statement, "Caldera also expects that its executives' long history of channel experience and its Linux for Business focus will be important in developing the corporate market."

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