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Caldera Buys SCO Server Software, Professional Services Divisions

Caldera Systems Inc., a Linux distributor will acquire the Server Software Division and the Professional Services Division of The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) Inc., a Unix provider.

The new company will offer a comprehensive Open Internet Platform (OIP) combining Linux and Unix server solutions and services globally. The OIP provides commercial customers and developers with a single platform that is scalable from thin clients to large clustered data centers.

Caldera Systems (www.caldera.com) will form a new holding company, Caldera Inc., to acquire assets from the SCO (www.sco.com) Server Software Division plus the SCO Professional Services Division, including a workforce, products, and channel resources. Caldera Inc. will have exclusive distribution rights for the SCO OpenServer product line.

SCO will receive 28 percent of Caldera Inc., which is estimated to be an aggregate of approximately 17.54 million shares of Caldera stock and $7 million in cash. - Isaac Slepner

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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