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Caldera readies Unix agenda

Emma Nash
Caldera International is hosting its first annual conference and exhibition since its acquisition of the Santa Cruz Operation earlier this year.

Caldera has been fairly quiet on its future plans for the Unix product family since May's SCO deal. However, this week's Caldera Forum 2001 at the University of California in Santa Cruz is expected to be the platform the company uses to outline its product plans and vision for the future.

While Caldera is keeping its announcements close to its chest at this stage, it has promised that particular attention will be paid to development, deployment and management solutions.

The company's new catchphrase, "Unifying Unix with Linux for Business", will undoubtedly play a major role in the Forum proceedings. "By unifying Unix with Linux, Caldera harnesses the power of the Web with Linux, and the scalability and stability in the data centre with Unix," the company states.

On completion of the purchase, Caldera had six main offerings: UnixWare, OpenServer, eDesktop Linux for workstations, eServer for Linux servers, the Volution management software and professional services.

Caldera released the first upgrade of an SCO product - Open Unix 8 - in June. This used to be UnixWare 7, SCO's version of the Unix operating system. The company has promised in-depth discussion of Open Unix, OpenServer, Volution and OpenLinux Workstation.

Caldera's chief executive officer Ransom Love and chief technology officer Drew Spencer will deliver keynote speeches. A number of industry figures will also address the Forum including Joe Jensen, Intel's general manager of the embedded architecture division, Ted Shelton, Borland's senior vice-president and chief strategy officer, and Rick Becker, vice-president of OS marketing and business development at Compaq.

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