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Caldera Announces Open Source Code Model for DOS

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 levelling 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. in July, including CP/M, DRDOS, 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 the first quarter of 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 ways. 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).

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.

Free Trial Version of OpenNT. on Internet

Softway Systems, Inc., developer of OpenNT for Microsoft Windows NT, today announced a new program to allow users to download evaluation copies of OpenNT products via the Internet. The products available for free evaluation are:

.     OpenNT Commands and Utilities, Release 1.1: a UNIX-style operating system environment, including command shells and a suite of POSIX and UNIX tools and utilities.

.     OpenNT Software Development Kit, Release 1.1: an environment for developing and porting UNIX applications on Windows NT.

.     OpenNT Telnet Server, Release 1.0: a multi-user telnet service for Windows NT.

“We have been overwhelmed with requests from major customers who want to try OpenNT,” said the CEO of Softway Systems, Inc. “By offering evaluation copies of the product over the Internet, we can get the product in more people's hands. Once customers try the product, it tends to sell itself with all of the advanced UNIX features it brings to Windows NT.”

The download versions of OpenNT Commands and Utilities and OpenNT Software Development Kit each contain a full use 30-day evaluation license, allowing end users, integrators and developers to fully test the capabilities of OpenNT. The OpenNT Telnet Server has a 14-day demo license. OpenNT gives Windows NT users and developers many of the most sought after features found on today's advanced UNIX operating systems. All the products are available for Intel x86 architectures and Digital's Alpha architecture. Softway Systems is building the OpenNT product line under a long term agreement with Microsoft Corporation.

All customers who buy OpenNT Commands and Utilities or OpenNT Software Development receive full distribution media and documentation, free shipping of the complete packages, a 30-day money back guarantee and free product updates until October 1997.

OpenNT Tool Warehouse

In a related announcement, Softway Systems is also launching the on-line OpenNT Tool Warehouse. The OpenNT Tool Warehouse will include a growing collection of freely distributable, traditional UNIX tools ported to the OpenNT environment. Many of the tools have been directly ported from GNU/Free Software Foundation, Free BSD and Linux sources. Softway Systems will be encouraging developers who use OpenNT to contribute ports of new tools in both binary and source code form to this freely accessible archive. Prizes will be offered to third party developers for the most valuable tool ported each month. Tools immediately contributed to the OpenNT Tool Warehouse include tcsh (a popular implementation of the UNIX C Shell), Perl 5.0 (the versatile command language interpreter), ispell (an on-line spell checker) and Tcl (Tool Command Language).

Softway Systems will also make pre-releases of new OpenNT technology freely available to OpenNT users through the OpenNT Tool Warehouse. The first addition will be a port of the ncurses library to support ports of UNIX screen-based applications. An implementation of Berkeley sockets libraries will also be added shortly.

Another feature of the OpenNT Tool Warehouse will be an on-line library of OpenNT Technical Notes. This collection of reference documents has been prepared by the developers of OpenNT and provides users with the latest information on how to get the most from the OpenNT environment.

Both the evaluation copy program and the OpenNT Tool Warehouse will be accessible from Softway Systems' Web site - http://www.OpenNT.com .

For more information, contact Softway Systems at the numbers listed on the contact pages.

New Linux Books and Software From O'Reilly

O'Reilly announces several new offerings for the growing ranks of Linux enthusiasts:

Linux Multimedia Guide
By Jeff Tranter
1st Edition September 1996
386 pages, ISBN: 1-56592-219-0, $32.95

Take a low-cost hardware platform and add the Linux operating system, which really

exploits its speed, and you have a great host for developing multimedia applications – and Linux multimedia applications often can be ported to other UNIX systems, increasing their value. But it's not simple to put multimedia together on Linux, and there are few integrated development packages. Instead, Linux users are faced with programming interfaces and stand-alone utilities that are each suited for a particular job. Linux Multimedia Guide shows how to fit the pieces together, concentrating on how to program each kind of device. The book also describes the best of the many free Linux software packages that support manipulation of graphics, audio, and video.

It includes:
.     Introduction to multimedia and the devices that Linux supports
.     Configuration and use of sounds cards, CD-ROMs, and joysticks
.     Applications for sound and music, graphics, video, and games
.     Overview of graphical toolkits and APIs

Running Linux
By Matt Welsh & Lar Kaufman     
2nd Edition August 1996    
650 pages, ISBN: 1-56592-151-8, $29.95

Running Linux Companion CD-ROM
Red Hat Linux Release 3.0.3
By O'Reilly & Associates and Red Hat Software
2nd Edition August 1996
140 pages, ISBN: 1-56592-212-3, $24.95, Includes two CD-ROMs

Running Linux explains everything one needs to understand, install, and start using the Linux operating system. The book includes a comprehensive installation tutorial, complete information on system maintenance, tools for document development and programming, and guidelines for network and Web site administration. New topics in the second edition include:

.     Printer configuration, management, and use
.     Configuration of network clients for NFS and NIS
.     Expanded information on configuring a wide range of hardware devices
.     Updated configuration information for the kernel and XFree86

O'Reilly & Associates has collaborated with Red Hat Software, Inc. to produce the accompanying Running Linux Companion CD-ROM. With Running Linux and the Companion CD-ROM, users have everything they need to install and run Linux on a personal computer.

Linux in A Nutshell
By Jessica Hekman and the Staff of O'Reilly & Associates
1st Edition October 1996 (est.)
650 pages (est.), ISBN: 1-56592-167-4, $19.95 (est.)

The desktop reference for Linux covers the core commands available on common Linux distributions. A complete reference containing all user, programming, administration, and networking commands.

Free SCO OpenServer

SCO is now accepting orders for Free SCO OpenServer Release 5 (a non- commercially-licensed version of the SCO OpenServer Desktop System and SCO OpenServer Development System) from the SCO On-line Ordering System. Free SCO OpenServer is intended for personal use by

students, professionals and UNIX System enthusiasts of all kinds for the purpose of evaluating and learning about SCO products.

Free SCO OpenServer is a license to use the fully-functional workstation system based on Release 5.0.2 of SCO OpenServer – an advanced multitasking, single-user UNIX operating system and development environment. In addition to traditional UNIX System facilities and tools, Free SCO OpenServer includes the X Window System, Motif, and full TCP/IP networking including Internet capability and Mosaic browser. It also includes French and German language support.

The development system provided with Free SCO OpenServer includes C and C++ compilers, complete sets of libraries and APIs, debuggers, and other tools for code development and testing.

Free SCO OpenServer displays its non- commercial usage license both upon installation and at system boot time. During installation Free SCO OpenServer must be licensed for non-commercial use. This license is obtained at no charge via the Internet. The license page can be found using any standard web browser by selecting "Products" at http://www.sco.com . Free SCO OpenServer cannot be relicensed nor upgraded to a multi-user system.

The following other products are also included with Free SCO OpenServer:

.     SCO Advanced Hardware Supplement Release 5.2 provides additional video, disk and network hardware support.

.     SCO Doctor Lite Release 2.0 facilitates performance tuning and management. This is a reduced functionality version of the commercial SCO Doctor product. SCO Doctor Lite is useful for monitoring and tuning the system, and generating various alerts based on system status.

.     SCO ARCserve/Open Lite from Cheyenne Release 2.1 provides for backups and system crash recovery. This is a reduced functionality version of the commercial product. It allows basic local backup and recovery operations via a user-friendly administration interface.

Model Numbers and Pricing

Physical media is available at a nominal charge, plus certain taxes and shipping. This media can be shared with other users, but each user must obtain a unique license. Media is ISO9660/Rockridge-formatted CD-ROM with two 3.5" diskettes. Free SCO OpenServer CD-ROM $22.35 includes VAT, plus shipping: $9.95 in European Union

System Requirements

Please refer to the SCO Hardware Compatibility Handbook on-line at http://www.sco.com for more detailed information on supported hardware.

Hardware: Most standard Intel-based single or multiple processor systems based on 386 (>25MHz), 486, Pentium or Pentium Pro processors and Industry Standard Architecture (ISA), Extended Industry Standard Architecture (EISA), Micro Channel Architecture (MCA) or Peripheral Component Interface Architecture (PCI). (Pentium or Pentium Pro recommended.)

RAM: 8 Mbytes minimum for character-based systems
12 Mbytes minimum if GUI is used
512 Mbytes maximum for all systems

Disk Space: 200 Mbytes minimum for non-GUI, non-networked systems. 300 Mbytes minimum for GUI-based networking systems

Media: CD-ROM (SCSI connected), 3.5" diskette drive also required

Display: Monochrome, VGA, Super VGA, XGA and higher-resolution megapixel adapters

Mouse: Bus, serial or keyboard mouse if GUI is used


(1) Free SCO OpenServer License Text

Use of this software is solely for evaluation and understanding of SCO products, and only for: (1) non commercial educational purposes, or (2) noncommercial personal home use (such as personal website and bbs), or (3) evaluation purposes limited to 60 days, or (4) demonstration purposes for prospective customers.

SCO grants to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty free, limited license to use the software only for those purposes stated above, and not for any other use. You will not acquire any right in the software except the limited use rights specified in the software license agreement which you are required to read prior to use of this software. The licensed software may not be sold, leased, assigned, sublicensed or otherwise transferred, in whole or in part, by you.

(2) Free SCO OpenServer is not relicenseable and cannot be upgraded to a multi-user system.

(3) SCO is preparing a version of SCO UnixWare Release 2.1 that will be available under similar terms. More information on Free SCO UnixWare will be provided soon.

(4) SCO provides a variety of no-charge on- line information services in support of our products. For full information visit the SCO web site. There is no free email or phone support provided with Free SCO OpenServer. Support assistance may be purchased from any SCO service provider.

(5) For information on commercial SCO products, contact your SCO supplier. For local supplier referral, visit the SCO home page at http://www.sco.com , or send email to info@sco.com .

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