SCO and Mandrakesoft Achieve LSB Certification

OAKLAND, CA - October 1, 2002 - Continuing the surge of LSB Certified Linux distributions, the Free Standards Group announced that Caldera OpenLinux 3.1.1 from The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX) and Mandrake Linux ProSuite 9.0 from MandrakeSoft have achieved LSB Certification. LSB Certification verifies adherence to the community and industry developed standard for both Linux distributions and Linux-based applications.

"Both Caldera OpenLinux from SCO and Mandrake Linux ProSuite have passed a true milestone, assuring users that these two products meet the highest possible adherence to the LSB standard," said Scott McNeil, Free Standards Group executive director. "That companies continue to apply for LSB Certification demonstrates how important standards are to the continued growth of the Linux market."

LSB, a workgroup under the Free Standards Group, standardizes the core functionality of Linux and the suite of GNU tools, giving Linux distributions and Linux-based applications the opportunity to reach a wider market, while allowing application developers to concentrate on increased functionality. LSB was developed through a collaboration between community developers, Linux distribution companies, ISVs and system vendors.

"This is an important milestone for SCO," said Darl McBride, president and CEO of The SCO Group. "SCO is very dedicated to the development and promotion of standards. We see standards adherence as central to the growth and progression of the Linux industry, and are committed to again being LSB certified when we release SCO Linux, powered by UnitedLinux this fall."

Certification is not a profit center for the Free Standards Group. It was designed to give users and developers the highest confidence that whatever LSB Certified Linux distribution or program they work with meets the highest possible adherence to the standard. Standards for Linux ensure that all LSB Certified applications will work with any LSB certified platform - making deployment on any system, large or small, much easier. Information on certification can be found at

"All through the history of computing, the trend has always been to go towards open standards," said Jacques Le Marois, CEO and Co-Founder of MandrakeSoft S.A. "We strongly believe that the Linux Standard Base is a standard that is going to be massively supported by the computing industry in the near future."

With LSB's full complement of standards, testing and certification, the Free Standards Group has created indispensable tools for Linux.

About the Free Standards Group
Supported by industry leaders, the Free Standards Group is an independent, vendor-neutral, non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the use and acceptance of open source technologies through the development, application and promotion of standards. Headquartered in Oakland, Calif., the Free Standards Group fulfills a critical need in the open source development community to have common behavioral specifications, tools and APIs, making development across Linux distributions easier. More information on the Free Standards Group is available at

About MandrakeSoft
MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of information technology and Open Source developers. The company offers its enterprise, government and educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and OpenSource software and related services, plus user-friendly and highly competitive information technologies. Additionally, MandrakeSoft offers technologists committed to Open Source software and courseware a trusted channel to offer their services. MandrakeSoft has technologists in over 20 countries, and is traded on Paris Euronext Marche Libre (Euroclear code: 4477.PA; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF). "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, MandrakeSoft has established headquarters in the U.S.A., Montreal and France. Please visit the website: for more information.

About SCO
The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX), formerly called Caldera International, provides "Powerful Choices" for businesses through its UNIX, Linux and Volution product lines and services. Based in Lindon, UT, SCO has representation in 82 countries and 16,000+ resellers worldwide. SCO Global Services provides reliable localized support and services to partners and customers. For more information on SCO products and services, visit Caldera, the Caldera logos, SCO and the associated SCO logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of The SCO Group in the U.S. and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other brand or product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.