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Caldera Systems Ships First Linux Desktop Product for the Internet -- OpenLinux eDeskTop 2.4.

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OREM, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 28, 2000

eDesktop Ships With Citrix ICA Client, Moneydance

Personal Finance Manager, Webmin Remote Browser-based Utility,

Pre-configured ISP Access Numbers,

Key Internet Browsers and Plug-ins

Caldera Systems Inc., (NASDAQ: CALD) the "Linux for eBusiness" leader today announced the shipping of OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4.

It ships with the Citrix ICA client and is the first Linux high performance desktop platform -- and the only Linux product -- providing instant Internet access through preconfigured, preinstalled browser plug-ins and ISP phone numbers. OpenLinux eDesktop seamlessly bridges the gap between the LAN and the Internet as both an Internet and network client.

"What we want to do with OpenLinux eDesktop is provide high-performance Linux desktop software optimized for the Internet," said Ransom Love, president and chief executive officer of Caldera Systems Inc.

"eDesktop is a full-featured Internet and network client that gives users access to remote, Internet and network applications. The installation of preconfigured Linux software is even faster and easier than before and we believe it's the most manageable Linux desktop solution on the market."

OpenLinux eDesktop includes Webmin -- a solution that allows administrators to manage software and configuration from across the aisle or around the world via a Web browser. Webmin increases IS productivity by providing a single tool to manage a variety of machines. eDesktop also includes the third generation of Lizard, Caldera's installation Wizard.

"eDesktop 2.4 is the single easiest Linux product to install," said David McAllister, former technology director for SGI and current Maxspeed CTO. "I've installed at least six distributions and this is the first one that detected every device connected to my laptop."

OpenLinux eDesktop not only allows users to access the applications they want -- it allows users to create applications. The most recent Java Development Kit from Sun -- JDK 1.2.2 is included in eDesktop.

Java is the predominant language used in Internet applications. eDesktop also includes Omnis Studio, a visual rapid application development package that allows developers to create applications in a component-based environment.

"Omnis collaborates with Caldera for the simple reason that they have the best articulated business model and eDesktop is the perfect product for us," said Jim Dorst, COO of Omnis Technology Corp. "We bring our business application base to the channel . . . and they deliver."

OpenLinux eDesktop Features

-- First Linux Desktop Product to preconfigure key browser

plug-ins/players such as Real Networks RealPlayer, Macromedia

Flash, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

-- ISP setup includes local access numbers for major ISPs.

-- Citrix ICA client to get access to MS Windows, Unix, and DOS

applications web-enabled by Citrix Metaframe and WinFrame


-- Webmin browser-based, remote administration utility

-- Automatic mounting of the MS Windows file system when

OpenLinux eDesktop is installed in a dual-boot configuration

thus allowing users access to all their MS Windows-based


-- Includes several software development tools: kdevelop, jikes,

Netscape plug-in SDK, Omnis Studio (trial version), Sun Java

JDK, Sun Java JVM, Perl, Python, Symbolic debuggers, C & C++

compilers, and Caldera self-hosting build environment.

-- Includes automount/autorun CD-ROM capabilities to make viewing

files and/or installing software from a CD-ROM easier than


-- Large number of additional Type 1 and TrueType fonts.

-- Security enhancements

Third Party Applications

-- Citrix ICA Client

-- Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0

-- Moneydance personal finance management

-- Macromedia Flash 4.0

-- Real Networks RealPlayer 5.0

-- NetWare Client

-- Netscape 4.7 (128-bit encryption support)

-- Cameleo Light

-- Compupic (trial version)

-- Merlin Software Technologies PerfectBackup+ (trial version)

-- EST BRU Backup software (trial version)

-- Applixware 4.4.2 (trial version)

-- Omnis Studio 2.4 (trial version)

OpenLinux -- the Complete Linux for eBusiness Strategy

OpenLinux eDesktop is the second product in Caldera's Linux for eBusiness product line that targets businesses needing secure, stable, low-cost mission-critical Linux solutions. Caldera's strategy provides Linux for eBusiness solutions that scale from the small-to-medium size business all the way up to the enterprise.

OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 is based on Open Standards technology and the Linux 2.2.14 kernel, enabling existing business processes to be re-engineered for the Internet across all supported hardware platforms and database systems. OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 contains the glibc 2.2.2-3 and libc 5-1.0-2 libraries and includes the award-winning Linux Wizard (Lizard) with point-and-click graphical remote install.

System Integration

OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 includes remote management capabilities and integrates into existing systems. Inclusion of the DHCP client enables interaction with corporate LANs without requiring UNIX knowledge or experience. EDesktop 2.4 has vastly increased the auto detection of hardware upon installation including sound, video, LAN cards, printers and modems.

Pricing, Support and Education

OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 sells for U.S. $39.99 SRP. Caldera Systems provides free 30 day phone support with 24x7 E-mail support to VARs and end-users through the Caldera Systems Knowledge Base at

Full 24x7, fee-based support -- with one-hour response guaranteed -- is also available. Support options include fee-based Linux administration training and certification through Caldera Open Learning Providers worldwide.

Open Source

Caldera Systems is a leader in -- and supporter of -- the Open Source movement. Please visit to download Caldera Systems' technologies that have been open-sourced -- including but not limited to -- LIZARD, Caldera Open Administration System (COAS), the NetWare Kernel File System (NKFS) and the OpenLinux 2.2 port for Sun's SPARC(TM) and UltraSPARC(TM)-based platforms.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements set forth above include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The company wishes to advise readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.

Those factors include the failure of the products described above to operate as designed due to incompatibility with some platforms or other defects our reliance on developers in the open source community; new and changing technologies and customer acceptance of those technologies; the company's ability to compete effectively with other companies; failure of our brand to achieve the broad recognition necessary to succeed; unenforceability of the GNU general public license; our reliance on third party developers of components of our software offerings; claims of infringement of third-party intellectual property rights; and disruption in the company's distribution sales channel.

These and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are also discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent filings on Form S-1.

Caldera Systems Inc.

Caldera Systems Inc. is a "Linux for Business and Linux for eBusiness" technology leader in developing and marketing Linux-based business solutions, including its award-winning OpenLinux, NetWare for Linux, Linux technical training, certification and support. Caldera Systems is a leader in, and supporter of, Linux Standard Base (LSB) and Linux Professional Institute (LPI).

Caldera Systems offers a comprehensive line of services including free 30 day phone support, on-site consulting, 24x7 support -- up to and including -- on-site board swap.

Caldera Open Learning Providers offer distribution-neutral Linux training and certification based on LPI certification standards. The OpenLinux operating system and related services are available from Caldera Systems, and Caldera Systems resellers, partners, distributors and supporters like IBM, Motorola, Fujitsu, MTI and Helius.

OpenLinux has received many industry awards including Internetweeks' "Best of the Best," Linux Journal's "Product of the Year," "Best Networked Operating System" from Network Computing, Linuxworld's "Editor's Choice" award: Best Client and Distribution, Linux Journal's "Product of the Year," The Linux Show's "Best Distribution of the Millennium," Linux Magazine's "Cool Product," PC Direct (Ziff-Davis) "Best Buy 2000" award, MikroPC (PC Magazine) "Product of the Year," Linux Magazine's "Emperor Award," Dave Central's "Best of Linux."

Other accolades include Red Herring's "Top 50 Privately Held Companies," "Millennium 2000 eBusiness 150" as listed by Upside Magazine (No. 17) and PC Magazine's "Top 100 Technology Companies that are Changing the World."

Caldera Systems Inc. is based in Orem, with offices and 750+ resellers worldwide. Please visit Caldera Systems at In the U.S., please call 888-GO-Linux (888/465-4689).

In Europe, please call 801/765-4999 or contact us via E-mail at To become an OpenLinux reseller, please visit

Caldera is a registered trademark of Caldera Inc. All other products, services, companies, events and publications are trademarks, registered trademarks or servicemarks of their respective owners in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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