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Linux Journal: A Conversation with Caldera's Ransom Love

Nov 15, 1999, 19:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marjorie Richardson)

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"I talked by phone to Ransom Love, CEO of Caldera Systems, on November 2, 1999. He told me he had called because Caldera was making some major changes, and he wanted everyone to know about them. His excitement about their plans was quite evident--the words flowed non-stop--and it was contagious. Before we were finished talking, I was ready to stand up and do the ``Ransom Dance''. Here's our conversation."

"Ransom: We want to give you an update on the company, the products we will be announcing, some of the channel programs and the overall new strategy. Actually, I wouldn't even call it a new strategy, it is a more focused strategy of what we've been doing and planning for sometime. We are now ready to roll it into public view."

"First of all, as you know, we have positioned ourselves as Linux for Business. We want to focus it even more to where we think, Linux is going to play the most important role and where we as a company can add the most value. Thus, we are fine-tuning that focus to Linux for E-Business. We believe Linux is going to play the predominate role in extending the Internet or e-business infrastructure for corporations who are deploying Internet, intranet and networks, for ISPs who are realizing they actually have to sell services and additional applications, and for the traditional VARs. We have statistics, from our OpenLinux Tour with IBM and Oracle, that shows 82% of all VARs are looking to deploy Linux in these capacities. Linux is going to be the Internet platform that extends it, and we want to be the company providing Linux for E-Business."

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