LINDON, Utah, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
The SCO(R) Group (SCO) (Nasdaq: SCOX), a leading provider of Linux and UNIX
business software solutions, today announced the planned implementation of SCO
Linux 4.0, powered by UnitedLinux, in 325 stores of Pearle in Belgium, The
Netherlands and Italy. Pearle is the largest optician retailer in Europe with
more than 1100 outlets branded: Pearle in Belgium, Pearle and Eye Wish
Groeneveld in The Netherlands, Avanzi in Italy, Apollo Optik in Germany,
Pearle in Austria, Vision Express in Poland, Ogat in Sweden, MultiOpticas in
Portugal, Instrumentarium in Estonia and Russia, and Instrumentarium, Nissen
and Keops in Finland.
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The SCO Linux solution will run each center's cash registers and
databases, and will serve as its infrastructure machine running file and print
sharing, email capabilities and office applications. Pearle's SCO Linux
network will be managed by Volution Manager, SCO's Web-based systems
management solution for Linux and SCO UNIX systems.
Pearle participated in the beta testing of UnitedLinux and, after seeing
the performance of their systems on SCO Linux, decided to implement the
solution to run their business systems. Pearle has chosen SCO Linux because
of the quality of SCO's customer service and local support from offices across
all major European countries.
"At Pearle in Europe, we have been looking forward to and evaluating the
possibility of implementing a Linux solution," said Mr. A. Bruggink, director
ICT at Pearle in Europe. "As a long time SCO OpenServer customer, we feel
comfortable with the strong relationship that we have with a company known for
its reliability, scalability and support. For these reasons, we have chosen
to implement SCO Linux in 325 stores across our enterprise to run our business
systems. We look forward to continuing a long relationship with SCO."
Pearle's implementation of SCO Linux is being coordinated by Tweco-IT, a
long time SCO reseller. "Tweco-IT is confident that the values SCO currently
offers with their UNIX operating systems such as local support and strong
alliances with hardware and software vendors are essential for the acceptance
of Linux for business. When Pearle wanted to move to Linux, SCO Linux was the
best advice we could give," said Mr. A. Jonker, managing director at Tweco-IT.
"The combination of SCO Linux and Volution Manager gives Pearle an
enterprise-level operating system that is easily deployed and managed," said
Chris Sontag, senior vice president of SCO's operating systems division.
"This implementation by Pearle demonstrates the widespread commitment found
throughout SCO's customer base. Our customers are very pleased with the
performance of our solutions as well as the quality of our support. They know
that regardless of whether they choose SCO's Linux or SCO's UNIX, they will be
satisfied with the results."
For more information about SCO Linux, powered by UnitedLinux, please visit
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
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