"Caldera Systems, last week, launched its first major Linux
application built on proprietary code, at the same time announcing
plans to charge licence fees more commonly seen with traditional
"The move reflects a growing trend among Linux distributors
to develop proprietary code to differentiate themselves."
"Caldera's Volution is a Linux management solution designed to
reduce the cost of installing and running Linux systems. It lets
administrators use policies and profiles to manage thousands of
Linux systems, without having to individually manage or touch each
one. Pricing has been set at $2,995 (£2,000) for a base
setup, able to manage 10 workstations or servers, with extra
licences costing $149 (£100) each."