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For Immediate Release

Press Contact:
Tom Fox-Sellers
SCO
Tel: 831-427-7049
toms@sco.com

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 standardize Linux.

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 Initiative (www.li18nux.org.)

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 www.freestandards.org.

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 technologies.

See www.sco.com/linux for more on SCO's Linux and Open Source activity.

About SCO

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. SCO's 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 at www.sco.com.

 

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