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Caldera Q & A regarding the Settlement of the Caldera vs. Microsoft Antitrust Lawsuit Jan 10, 2000

Q: I thought Caldera filed the case based on principles (or to change behavior), not just to collect money. What did you accomplish?

A: We actually believe that we accomplished several things during this process.

1. We led out on the recent series of investigations into Microsoft's business practices. When we filed our case in July 1996, no other private company or government agency was publicly investigating Microsoft's monopoly-related behavior. Netscape, SUN, Bristol, the DOJšs recent case, and several class action suits all followed our filing.

2. We told the story. Many new facts regarding Microsoft's business conduct were made public during the lengthy pre-trial period of our case.

3. We stood up against them. We believe that our actions will have a deterring effect against future misconduct. We have demonstrated that it is possible to successfully file a lawsuit against Microsoft and have a positive result.

4. We helped to brand Linux as a legitimate competitor to Windows. Our lawsuit, combined with the governmentšs case, helped publicize and legitimize the Linux brand. We believe that as a result of these lawsuits, Caldera Systems, Lineo and other Linux companies are stronger competitors to Microsoft, now and in the future.

Q: What remains to be done?

A: The biggest impediment to Linux becoming mainstream on the desktop is a viable office suite. Microsoft currently controls more than 90 percent of the office suite business and yet refuses to port its office suite to Linux. We encourage Microsoft, in the spirit of co-opetition, to support Linux with its application products. We also encourage application vendors universally to do the same.

In the separate and distinct embedded market, Lineo has introduced a set of embedded Linux products that staves off Microsoft in the embedded space, where they currently do not have a dominant position. Lineošs efforts with embedded Linux are creating a substantial competitor to future embedded products by Microsoft. Several key embedded Linux initiatives and products will be announced later this month and in February.

Q: What about Ray Noorda?

A: Ray Noorda is truly one of the giants of this industry. He is the father of the technology industry in Utah. At age 75, he is still starting new companies, creating new jobs and providing new solutions to customers. Ray has fought on where many would have given up. He deserves enormous credit for his efforts to encourage and create a competitive environment across the software industry.

Q: How does this outcome effect the DOJ case?

A: There is no direct correlation between our case and the DOJ case.