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

“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

“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

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.”