Pearle in Europe Adopts SCO Linux 4.0, Powered by UnitedLinux to Run Business Systems

After Participating in Beta Program, Pearle Decides to Implement SCO Linux

and Volution Manager Across More Than 325 European Stores

Dec 03, 2002, 00:00 ET from The SCO Group

    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 .
     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 .
     SCO and the associated SCO logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 Caldera International, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.  UNIX and
 UnixWare, used under an exclusive license, are registered trademarks of The
 Open Group in the United States 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.
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