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Caldera Systems and IBM Sign Agreement to Support OpenLinux Platform

OpenLinux Tour, Dedicated Support Resources, and Education Agreement Will Help Resellers Capitalize on High-Growth Linux Market

OREM, UT - 22 Jun 1999: . . . Caldera Systems, Inc. and IBM today announced a joint development, marketing and support relationship to assist resellers in delivering IBM solutions running on the OpenLinux operating system. Through this relationship, Caldera is providing IBM with dedicated Linux development and technical support resources and education materials. The two companies are also participating in joint sales and marketing activities to recruit systems integrators, value-added resellers (VARs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) to sell IBM solutions on Caldera's OpenLinux.

"Caldera was the first Linux company to create a Linux VAR channel, and we are committed to continuing to offer our resellers robust, business-critical OpenLinux solutions," said Ransom Love, CEO of Caldera Systems, Inc. "The proven scalability and reliability of IBM's hardware and software makes them an obvious choice for our partners. That choice is confirmed by the high level of interest we're seeing from resellers in IBM and OpenLinux solutions."

"I was very impressed by the tour presentation -- well-organized with new ideas for Linux business solutions. It's about time that businesses get new technologies and better alternatives to present to their clients," commented Jose Veras, president, Saver Technology.

Caldera Systems is providing dedicated developers to help IBM port and test select software to OpenLinux, including IBM's DB2* Universal Database; the industry's first Web-ready relational database management system; Lotus Domino**, the leading messaging and collaboration server; WebSphere*, which represents the industry's most complete range of Web application server environments, and IBM SecureWay*, providing integrated directory, connectivity and security between users and applications for e-business in a networked world. Caldera will also be providing 24x7 technical support on OpenLinux to assist IBM in supporting its Linux customers.

IBM Learning Services will collaborate with Caldera in the Linux training arena. Caldera will provide a wide range of Linux educational courses designed to prepare attendees to pass the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) course. Caldera's technical expertise, combined with the global reach of IBM Learning Services, one of the world's largest IT training organizations, creates a winning combination to provide customers worldwide with a broad range of Linux training. The multi-track education offerings are targeted at four groups: VARs and resellers, software developers, system administrators, and end users.

"IBM's proven software on the Linux operating system offers our e-business customers one more choice in selecting the platform that best meets their needs," said Dick Sullivan, vice president of Integrated Solutions Marketing, IBM Software Group. "As a recognized leader in Linux for Business solutions, Caldera has the experience and market presence to give business partners the ability to capitalize on opportunities in this exciting new space."

IBM is sponsoring Caldera's "OpenLinux Tour" partner recruitment campaign as part of the two companies' joint sales and marketing activities. The 15-city campaign is targeted at system integrators, VARs, and ISVs who want to capitalize on the hardware, software and add-on services opportunities in the rapidly growing Linux marketplace. For more information, see http://www.linuxreseller.com. To learn more about IBM's Linux initiatives, visit http://www.ibm.com/linux.

In addition, Caldera Systems is working with IBM Netfinity servers to bring Linux to industry-standard servers with the latest technologies and record-breaking performance. Caldera OpenLinux has been certified by KeyLabs, an independent certification organization, for use on the IBM Netfinity* 3000 and 7000 servers, with additional models in the testing process. IBM Netfinity servers offer a reliable foundation for leading Linux-based computing, providing outstanding performance, reliability, manageability and security for core business applications, and have the power and superior scalability to handle the most extensive scientific or technical computing requirements.

Contact(s) information

Theo Chisholm
IBM: Software Group
(914) 766-1180
theoc@us.ibm.com

Nancy Pomeroy
Caldera Systems Inc.
(801) 765-4999
nancy@calderasystems.com

Jeanne D. Orfinik
IBM: Personal Systems Group
(914) 766-3355
orfinik@us.ibm.com

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