Caldera has announced that OpenLinux Workstation 3.1 will be
download as an open beta this Thursday.
This newest version is reportedly to reflect a shift in
focus for the distribution, from general desktop use to a more
developer-centered orientation. Company spokespersons have recently
gone on record as noting that the shift signifies Caldera's
withdrawal from the general retail market, an early strategy
designed to "get the word out" about Linux, and a new concentration
on Enterprise and business customers, which the company hopes
to lure into not only its corporate Linux offerings, but its
higher-end UnixWare products.
Open Linux Workstation will feature Linux kernel 2.4, KDE 2.1,
glibc 2.2.1, and Xfree86 4.0.2. The beta will also include a
variety of common development tools such as gcc 2.95.2, g++ 2.95.2,
Perl 5.6.0, OpenSSL 0.9.6 and Sun Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition,
version 1.3. The company also says some unspecified commercial
development tools will ship with the final version.
According to the company, OpenLinux Workstation is developed to
function as an integrated client for all Caldera server offerings
-- both OpenLinux and UnixWare-based -- and includes the
recently-released Caldera Volution management agent. In addition,
it consists of the base components Caldera's Professional Services
will use to deliver specialized Linux-based client platforms for
OEMs, Internet devices and thin clients.