Caldera is at it again ...

From: Andreas Schiffler <andreas_at_no.spam.please>
Date: Thu Sep 19 1996 - 14:29:02 CST

Hi all,
Some interesting snippet from Caldera's web site ( No tears
... good!


DR DOS + the Internet = Caldera OpenDOS

PROVO, Utah Sept. 10, 1996 Caldera Inc. today announced that it will openly
distribute the source code for DOS via the Internet as part of the company's
plans to encourage continued development of DOS technologies and
applications, further leveling the playing field for software developers
worldwide. This effort, targeted to benefit both individual developers and
industry partners, follows Caldera's commitment to embrace and fund an open
software environment. Caldera also announced plans for internal development
and marketing of DOS, including a new product called Caldera OpenDOS .

"DOS continues to meet the technical and financial requirements of a large
portion of the computing industry, especially in the areas of network
computing devices, specialized game devices and embedded systems," said
Bryan Sparks, President and CEO of Caldera, Inc. "Publishing source code for
DOS will benefit a large number of independent and in-house developers
creating customized solutions based on DOS."

Caldera plans to openly distribute the source code for all of the DOS
technologies it acquired from Novell, Inc. on July 23, including CP/M, DR
DOS, PalmDOS, Multi-User DOS and Novell DOS 7. Pending an evaluation and
organization of the the technologies, the source code will be made available
from Caldera's web site during Q1 1997. Caldera learned from its early
investment in Linux technologies that the commercial market is now ready to
embrace open technology standards for operating systems.

Benefits of an Open Technology Model

Caldera believes an open source code model benefits the industry in many
This model:

   * Increases competition, which historically leads to higher-quality and
     lower-cost products.
   * Decreases the time-to-market of innovative software.
   * Facilitates creation of customized solutions by developers, Original
     Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Value Added Resellers (VARs) for
     even the most highly-specialized computing environments.
   * Extends market implementation of mature, proven technologies
     historically de-emphasized by major software vendors who favor new,
     resource-intensive technologies. Empowers independent developers to
     influence future technology advancements.
   * Creates a large pool of individuals with broad knowledge of DOS,
     increasing availability of technical support and consulting for end
     users, historically at a lower cost and with quicker response time.

Existing/Potential DOS Markets

"The day Caldera announced its purchase of DOS, we were inspired by the
number of calls and email we received from end users, development partners
and OEMs who wanted to buy or license the technology," said Ransom Love,
Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Caldera. "They continue to be
extremely interested in DOS and support our open-source technology
direction. We have more than sufficient evidence to believe that the
development and end user communities are responding favorably to our efforts
with DOS."

Caldera lists the greatest existing and potential markets for DOS
technologies as:

   * network computing devices
   * specialized game devices
   * refurbished 286/386 Intel-compatible computers (desktop and other)
   * embedded systems (interactive kiosks; automated retail devices, like
     pay-at-the pump systems; medical, industrial and banking devices; and
     other niche market solutions requiring an operating system with low
     memory requirements and minimal development costs.)
   * licensing individual DOS components for usage in turnkey solutions (For
     example, using a DOS boot sector to load a virus scanning utility).

OEMs and Channel Partners

Caldera is currently in OEM negotiations with potential partners that sell
products to each of the markets listed above. Caldera's comprehensive OEM
program enables OEMs to license Caldera OpenDOS and Caldera OpenLinux as
part of a complete set of network and stand-alone solutions. Caldera's
leveraged, open- systems model will enable OEM partners to leverage
aggressive pricing and shorter development cycles. Caldera plans to release
a version of DOS for OEM implementation by December 1996. Caldera's OEM and
Channel Partners can utilize the open-source code models for DOS and Linux
to create low-cost, custom applications and enhanced utilities for vertical
and niche markets. Caldera enables its partners to integrate stable,
low-cost Internet devices with the most powerful Internet server platforms
and commercial add-on products. Caldera's support for the open-source code
model provides partners with maximum flexibility in providing more complete
product and service solutions.

Individuals can use OpenDOS source for personal use at no cost. Individuals
and organizations desiring to commercially redistribute Caldera OpenDOS must
acquire a license with an associated small fee. Source code for proprietary
third-party components of Novell DOS 7 will not be published.

Why Did Caldera Want DOS?

Caldera's system software products are based on Linux technologies,
including networking and Internet protocols, and other technologies common
to UNIX-based systems. Linux technologies include a DOS box, which allows
end users to run DOS applications in Linux system software environments.
>From the company's inception in October 1994, Caldera planned to license and
integrate DOS with its Linux-based software products. These plans included
the addition of Internet connectivity tools to DOS, enabling DOS to function
as a light-weight, stand-alone client to the Internet, or to Linux when used
as a workgroup server. By December 1996, Caldera will integrate DOS with the
company's next versions of system software products, including the Caldera
Network Desktop. By including DOS, Caldera will ease installation and
improve compatibility for simultaneous use of DOS and Linux.

DOS Retail Package

Industry statistics show that DOS operating system products continue to
maintain high market share. Industry distribution giant Merisel lists MS
DOS 2nd in the Operating System category on the Retail HOT LIST and 3rd in
the same category on the VAR HOT LIST for September 1996.

DOS versions of mainstream software applications are listed throughout the
Business; Personal Productivity; Education & Recreation; DTP, Presentation &
Graphics; Utilities; and Languages sections of both the Merisel Retail and
VAR HOT LISTS. (Visit Merisel's HOT LISTS at and

In Spring 1997, Caldera will release Caldera OpenDOS, the first
commercial-grade, open-source code DOS product. Caldera OpenDOS will build
upon its predecessors (CP/M, DR DOS and Novell DOS 7) by adding Novell
Personal NetWare , bug fixes to Novell DOS 7 and additional networking
capabilities. Potential technologies under consideration include a graphical
user interface (GUI); Internet web browser; TCP/IP stack; and other Internet
connectivity services. This aggressive update to DOS will leverage internal
and third-party development.

Caldera OpenDOS will protect the investments made in existing 286/386
Intel-compatible environments, where DOS meets both the technological and
financial requirements of many end users and organizations. By incorporating
new technologies, like Internet connectivity, and by openly publishing the
source code for DOS to the Internet, Caldera hopes to encourage continued
application development that utilizes this established, stable technology.

Technical Support for DOS

Caldera's technical support philosophy focuses on providing installation
support to end users and long-term engineering support to Caldera's channel,
OEM and third-party developer partners. Caldera's technical support
objective is to develop a solid network of channel partners who serve as the
primary front-line for technical support on Caldera products. Caldera
provides its customers with free installation support during a specified
time period and encourages customers to utilize the free, service-rich
technical support environment on Caldera's World Wide Web site and available
from peers via the Internet. Caldera also offers fee-based direct support
options beyond the complimentary installation and Internet services.

The DOS environment already enjoys an established pool of local resellers
who offer high-quality support for reasonable fees.

DOS users will also benefit from the exchange of technical support that
occurs between end users in an open-source development environment. For
example, the community of Linux users connected via the Internet provide
each other with technical support for Linux-based products that surpasses
the quality, speed and value of technical support historically provided by
major industry software vendors. Caldera believes that openly publishing the
source code for DOS will create a similar environment.

Caldera designs, develops and markets to consumers and businesses a line of
full-featured, economical system software for the Internet, by the Internet,
providing stable, high-quality alternatives to Windows NT, Sun Solaris and
SCO UNIX. It uses its own technological and marketing resources to leverage
technologies including the Linux operating system created by independent
developers worldwide. Caldera's web site is at


Caldera is a registered trademark; and Caldera Network Desktop, Caldera
Internet Office Suite, Caldera Solutions CD, Caldera Open Linux and Caldera
OpenDOS are trademarks of Caldera, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark, in
the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open
Company Limited. All other products, services and publications are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Received on Thu Sep 19 14:29:02 1996

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