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Caldera rolls out e-commerce product

Last week Caldera Systems extended its Linux family with the introduction of an open source e-commerce product based on Java and...

Last week Caldera Systems extended its Linux family with the introduction of an open source e-commerce product based on Java and XML, which includes modules for order taking and fullfilment over the Web, writes Pravin Jeyaraj.

The Linux-based OpenLinux eBuilder provides a series of modules to build an e-commerce application.

It includes Evergreen Internet's ECential, a collection of distributable Java-based e-commerce services and components which customers can use to suit their requirements.

Services include merchandising, membership, personalisation, tax, shipping, payment, order management and order processing. Components include access to product databases and distribution and delivery processes, capturing orders and assigning prices and fees.

Also included is Websphere, IBM's open standards-based Java server run-time environment, which supports 56-bit and 128-bit SSL encryption.

Ransom Love, president of Caldera Systems, says more than 30% of the Internet is currently running on Linux. "Therefore, it only makes sense that businesses should be able to focus their resources there without throwing out everything they already have."

IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky, adds, "Our studies show that Linux is often being used to support infrastructure applications, in an e-commerce market that is growing rapidly and will reach $2.5 trillion in 2004."

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This was first published in April 2000

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