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April 10, 1996


By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems Inc’s SunSoft unit has licensed Wabi, its Windows-under-Unix application programming interface translation software to Ray Noorda’s Caldera Inc. Users of the Linux-based Caldera Network Desktop will be able to run some Microsoft Corp Windows applications under the Unix-like operating system. Wabi, which will cost $200 from next quarter, will be available on Caldera’s Solutions CD which also includes Corel Corp WordPerfect and CorelDraw and Delrina Forms Flow Filler. The offering is being seen as Noorda’s latest shot at his bete noir, Microsoft, this time providing a convincing answer to Windows NT in the Internet world. Caldera’s offering is based on the the Linux- derived Corsair operating system created at Caldera by two developers – Brian Sparks and Rantham Love – after its initial development project at Novell was canceled, only to be by Noorda personally. The Internet-oriented Network Desktop costs $100 and is claimed to provide everything that you get with Windows NT, plus the server software and Netscape Communications Corp’s Navigator Web browser.

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