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Caldera Systems to Provide Applixware Office for OpenLinux

Caldera Systems to Provide Applixware Office for OpenLinux

Applix' SHELF to be Bundled with OpenLinux 2.3

Westboro, MA, August 10, 1999 -- Applix, Inc. (NASDAQ:APLX), a leader in decision support applications for Linux and UNIX workstations, today announced a distribution agreement with Caldera Systems, Inc., a leader in designing, developing and marketing Linux-based business solutions.

Caldera Systems will distribute Applixware Office Version 4.4.2 in their new OpenLinux 2.3 product. In addition, Caldera will bundle Applix' SHELF, a visual Open Source application development toolset and runtime environment, in OpenLinux.

"We are excited about this mutually beneficial relationship with Caldera Systems," said R.J. Grandpre, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the Applix Linux Division. "As corporate users continue to adopt Linux, the need for a complete office suite that can be integrated into the organization's databases and networks is clearly evident. Caldera is actively developing a reseller channel which is targeting corporations and Applixware is a logical choice."

"We target the 'Linux for Business' market," said Ransom Love, President and CEO of Caldera Systems, Inc. "Overwhelmingly, the Fortune 1000 are clamoring for more Linux applications--and not just any applications--they want Applixware. We find that combining our VAR channel with Applixware is not just a 'win-win' but a 'win-win-win' for the channel, the enterprise and our companies."

Free Support

Applix is offering free support for Applixware Office for Linux users, who purchase through the Caldera relationship. The company will utilize its SmartBeak website,, to provide free Internet based support for these new users.

About Caldera Systems

Caldera Systems, Inc. is the Linux for Business technology leader in designing, developing and marketing Linux-based business solutions including OpenLinux, NetWare for Linux, Linux technical training, certification and support. Caldera Systems can be reached at 888-GO-Linux (888-465-4689) or via E-mail at To become an OpenLinux reseller, please visit To access the Caldera Systems Web site, please bookmark Caldera Systems, Inc. is a Canopy Group holding under the Ray Noorda/Canopy Group Investment Company. Ray Noorda is the former CEO of Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL).

Caldera Systems, Inc. is a registered trademark and Authorized Linux Education Centers, ALEC and Caldera Systems Curriculum Developer are trademarks of Caldera Systems, Inc. OpenLinux is a trademark of Caldera, Inc.

About Applix, Inc.

Applix, Inc. (NASDAQ:APLX), headquartered in Westboro, Mass., develops, markets and supports web-based, front office business solutions, which allow organizations to improve decision-making and corporate productivity. The Front Office Business Solutions include the Applix iCustomer.Advantage suite of thin-client Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and real-time Business Intelligence applications: Applix iEnterprise, Applix iHelpDesk and Applix iTM1. In addition to its Front Office Business Solutions, Applix also provides a set of Decision Support applications, consisting of Applixware and Applix Anyware products. The Company's products are available on a variety of software platforms, including Windows, Windows NT, UNIX and Linux environments. More information can be found at and

Notes to Investors

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Specifically, comments related to the demand for, revenue from and acceptance of the Company's products and the Company's position in the markets, may be considered forward-looking and subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: the rate of growth in market demand for the products; the acceptance of the Company's products; intense competitive conditions; rapid technological change; frequent new product introductions and evolving domestic and international standards which may render existing products and services obsolete. Refer to the Form 10-K for the year ended 1997 for a list of factors as discussed under "Risk Factors ".

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