September 9, 1999



Connectability Inc. today announced the availability of two important products for Open Computing environments: Caldera OpenLinux 2.2 and Connectability Failover Cluster for Linux. Based upon the widely acclaimed Linux Operating System, Caldera OpenLinux 2.2 delivers a new level of simplicity and power to the world of Open Source Software. Using Linux Kernel release 2.2, OpenLinux 2.2 combines the power and flexibility of Linux with a host of powerful tools, including the K Desktop Environment (KDE) a powerful, graphical user environment (GUI), Corel WordPerfect 8.0 for Linux - one of the world's leading word processors and the StarOffice Office Suite of productivity tools. OpenLinux 2.2 also comes standard with Caldera's new Linux Installation Wizards or Lizards to make the process of installing Linux quick and simple. For users of PCs which must also run another operating system, such as Microsoft Windows 9x, OpenLinux 2.2 also comes with a special version of Powerquest Corporation's award-winning Partition Magic software, making it easy for OpenLinux 2.2 to co-exist with other software environments. OpenLinux 2.2 is available for a cost of C$75, plus taxes and handling. Connectability is also very pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new, world-class product, developed by Connectability for the Linux world. Connectability Failover Clusters for Linux provides a high-availability solution for users of Linux servers. Failover Clusters allows system managers to configure paired Linux servers as a failover pair. Data on the Primary server is automatically mirrored onto the Secondary server. In the event of a hardware failure on the Primary server, the Secondary server will automatically take over, in most instances affording a nearly seamless transition. Tools are provided for integrating Failover Clusters into user applications as well as for rapid failure recovery. Connectability Failover Clusters for Linux is available at the price of C$395, plus taxes and handling. The GNU/Linux Operating System is a UNIX-compatible operating system based upon a kernel developed by Linus Torvalds, at the time of initial development, a graduate student at the University of Helsinki, Finland. It was developed using the suite of Open Source tools developed by the GNU project, produced by the Free Software Foundation, based in Massachusetts. Over its years of development, Linux has benefited from the contribution of thousands of volunteers, based all over the world. These volunteers have contributed operating system code, bug fixes, testing environments, documentation and technical support. Today, Linux offers a host of features which compete very well with major commercial operating systems such as Microsoft Windows NT Server and Novell NetWare. However, it offers substantially greater performance and reliability, at a fraction of the cost of these environments. At the latest estimate, Linux is the fastest growing operating system environment today, with more than 17 million users worldwide. Connectability Inc. was founded in 1995 by a group of leading information technology specialists. Connectability specializes in addressing complex connectivity and open computing requirements for a wide range of commercial clients. In particular, the company has developed specialized skills in supporting multi-platform environments, including such diverse operating systems as Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT, Apple Macintosh, Linux, Novell NetWare, SCO UnixWare, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX and 2others. Connectability's clients range from small, entrepreneurial businesses looking for an organization to provide a total IT solution, to large corporations who require high-level technical skills in specialized areas. More information can be obtained at Connectability's Web Site at: http://www.connectability.com or, for further information, please contact Ted Shafran at: (416) 966-3306 extension 26. These products will be presented in more detail at the meeting of the Durham Computer Club on Thursday, September 9.