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Linux.com: SCO Deal Proves Elusive for Caldera

Jul 25, 2000, 11:16 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Caldera CEO Ransom Love continues to deny that Caldera is close to buying SCO's Unix operation, the bulk of SCO's business, but disclosed that the negotiations that Caldera has been having with SCO are only one set in a string of merger and acquisition discussions that the Linux start-up is currently engaged in with a number of unidentified companies. Love said Caldera was embarked on "an aggressive M&A strategy."

"Love described these other M&A opportunities as 'a queue similar to a sales queue' and said they involved companies whose names were familiar and some that were not generally known. Although he is uncertain they will all close, he called them part of a larger strategy that Caldera, regarded as the weakest of the four commercial Linux distributions, was executing towards. Apparently they represent infrastructure and technology that would strengthen Caldera's position in specialized Linux servers and Internet access devices. Caldera has previously indicated it would go on the acquisition trail.

"Love indicated that the talks between Caldera and SCO, which third parties claim have been going on for some time, heated up again over the weekend but Love said this morning that there was 'no definitive agreement and no probability of one at this time. Things are deteriorating rapidly,' he said. Otherwise he expressed himself uncertain about what would ultimately happen."

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