From: SCO Information <i...@sco.COM>
Subject: SCO Joins Free Standards Group
Organization: The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SCO and Industry Leaders Establish Free Standards Group
Group Drives Linux Standardization Effort to Support Next Generation of
Products and Services in the Linux Market
SANTA CRUZ, CA (May 10, 2000) - The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. (SCO)
announced today it has become a charter member of the Free Standards Group,
an assembly of industry-leading companies driving to establish the Linux
Standard Base (LSB). SCO has been involved since late 1999 in an effort to
LSB is designed to help the Linux market reach a new level of maturity and
give ISVs a single target port rather than multiple ports for multiple
platforms. Currently, there are minor variations among Linux distributions
that make it difficult for ISVs to support Linux. The ultimate goal of the
LSB is to provide a single, standard reference that will allow vendors to
reap the benefit of seeing greater ISV support for Linux.
"The establishment of a single Linux standard will be incredible and will
help the Tarantella Division as it enters the Linux marketplace with
products like Tarantella Express," said Mike Orr, president of the
Tarantella Division at SCO. "LSB would also help SCO's Server Software
Division by increasing Linux compatibility with SCO operating platforms.
Finally, the SCO Professional Services Division would benefit by offering
consulting services for LSB compliant Linux distributions. In the grand
scheme of things, ISVs will reap huge benefits from a single Linux
standard, which will increase the total number of applications available
for LSB compliant Linux platforms. Overall, this will strengthen the power
of both UNIX and Linux on Intel and increase the value of all platforms to
the end user."
Charter members of the Free Standards Group include IBM, LinuxCare, Sun,
Red Hat, VALinux, Caldera Systems, TurboLinux, SuSE and others.
Specifically, the LSB project consists of Linux developers, users and
companies who have a vested interest in the overall success of the Linux
market and share SCO's goal and vision of standards and interoperability.
"With their history in the UNIX world, SCO brings their experience and
understanding of standardization issues to the Linux Standard Base," said
Daniel Quinlan, chairman of the Free Standards Group. "It's natural to see
them interested in Linux application compatibility and we're glad to have a
senior SCO engineer like Dave Prosser involved in the effort."
About the Free Standards Group
The Free Standards Group is a nonprofit corporation organized to accelerate
the use and acceptance of open source technologies through the application,
development and promotion of interoperability standards. It encompasses the
Linux Standard Base (www.linuxbase.org) and the Linux Internationalization
The Linux Standard Base was formed in 1998 to develop and promote a set of
standards that will increase compatibility among Linux distributions and
enable software applications to run on any compliant Linux system.
The Linux Internationalization Initiative is focused on software and
application portability and interoperability in the International context.
To learn more about the Free Standards Group, please visit the web site at
About Linux and SCO Open Source
Over the last year, SCO has expanded its strategic business opportunities
in the Linux and Open Source markets. SCO has announced an alliance and
investment in LinuxMall.com and a strategic business relationship with
TurboLinux. Most recently, SCO announced that it has taken an equity
position in Caldera Systems, Inc. Last year, SCO announced a comprehensive
set of Linux and Open Source-related professional services.
As a corporate member of Linux International, SCO is a strong proponent of
the Open Source movement, citing it as a driving force for innovation and
business opportunities. SCO has contributed source code to the movement
with c-scope and fur, and currently offers a free Open License Software
Supplement (Skunkware) CD that includes many cutting-edge Open Source
See www.sco.com/linux for more on SCO's Linux and Open Source activity.
SCO (NASDAQ: SCOC) is a global leader in server-based software for
networked business computing. The market-leading UNIX server software from
SCO runs non-stop businesses worldwide. The SCO Tarantella family of
software products provides instant web access to applications running on
all leading servers, enabling businesses to access and manage information
anywhere, anytime. SCO Professional Services help businesses plan, deploy
and maintain UNIX, Linux and Tarantella environments. Visit SCO on the web
Public Relations Specialist, Linux & Open Source