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Caldera gets the exclusive distribution rights to SCO software (OSR5,
Unixware, etc). From the official press releases SCO will still get
revenue stream from OSR5 licenses but Caldera will own exclusive
distribution rights. Caldera will also get a turn key world wide
professional services division that has been gearing up for supporting
Linux for 6+ months.  The professional services folks have a decent
reputation and contacts in corporate america (that is a plus for
Caldera). Since most of SCO's customers are large corporations, Caldera
will now have an immediate presence with the large corporations more
than any other linux company. Basically SCO will be Taraentella,
anything else will be under the Caldera umbrella. SCO was also
supposedly working on it's own Linux distro (who know what will happen
with that?).  

As a linux supporter/advocate my concern is that the potential/pressure
for forking might be greater between RedHat and Caldera to try to get a
leg up on the other. In the long run that would hurt the momentum Linux
has and make it a harder sell in corporate america.   

Some links to info on the deal

  > Caldera official Press release 

  > SCO official press release: 
  > CNet article 
  > Some ZDNet articles 
Tom Guilderson
Applied Technology Team
CVS Pharmacy
mailto:TWGuilderson at
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