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2002 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan - Caldera International Inc.

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Establishment and Purpose.

        There is hereby adopted the Caldera International, Inc. 2002 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan (the "Plan"). The Plan shall be in addition to (but except as provided in Section 3(a) below shall not supplant or be construed to amend or terminate) the Caldera Systems, Inc. 1999 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. The Plan is intended to promote the interests of the Company and the stockholders of the Company by providing officers, other employees of the Company, directors who are not employees of the Company, and other persons who are expected to make a long-term contribution to the success of the Company with appropriate incentives and rewards to encourage them to enter into and continue in the employ of the Company and/or to acquire a proprietary interest in the long-term success of the Company, thereby aligning their interest more closely to the interest of stockholders.


        As used in the Plan, the following definitions apply to the terms indicated below:




Stock Subject to the Plan.

Shares Available for Awards.


Administration of the Plan.

        The Plan shall be administered by the Committee. The Committee shall have the authority in its sole discretion, subject to and not inconsistent with the express provisions of the Plan, to administer the Plan and to exercise all the powers and authorities either specifically granted to it under the Plan or necessary or advisable in the administration of the Plan, including, without limitation, the authority to grant Incentive Awards; to determine the persons to whom and the time or times at which Incentive Awards shall be granted; to determine the type and number of Incentive Awards to be granted, the number of shares of Stock to which an Award may relate and the terms, conditions, restrictions and performance criteria relating to any Incentive Award; to determine whether, to what extent, and under what circumstances an Incentive Award may be settled, canceled, forfeited, exchanged, or surrendered; to subject shares of Stock to which an Award may relate to rights of repurchase or rights of refusal in favor of the Company under the circumstances and upon the terms set forth in an Award Agreement; to make adjustments in the performance goals in recognition of unusual or non-recurring events affecting the Company or the financial statements of the Company (to the extent in accordance with Section 162(m)of the Code, if applicable), or in response to changes in applicable laws, regulations, or accounting principles; to construe and interpret the Plan and any Incentive Award; to prescribe, amend and rescind rules and regulations relating to the Plan; to determine the terms and provisions of Award Agreements; and to make all other determinations deemed necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan.

        The Committee may, in its absolute discretion, without amendment to the Plan, (i) accelerate the date on which any Tandem SAR or Stand-Alone SAR or Incentive Award relating to Phantom Stock granted under the Plan becomes exercisable, waive or amend the operation of Plan provisions respecting exercise after termination of employment or otherwise adjust any of the terms of such Option or Stand-Alone SAR, and (ii) accelerate the Exercise Date or Issue Date, or waive any condition imposed hereunder, with respect to any share of Restricted Stock or Phantom Stock or otherwise adjust any of the terms applicable to such share.

        No member of the Committee shall be liable for any action, omission or determination relating to the Plan, and the Company shall indemnify and hold harmless each member of the Committee and each other director or employee of the Company to whom any duty or power relating to the administration or interpretation of the Plan has been delegated against any cost or expense (including counsel fees) or liability (including any sum paid in settlement of a claim with the approval of the Committee) arising out of any action, omission or determination relating to the Plan, if, in either case, such action, omission or determination was taken or made by such member, director or employee in good faith and in a manner such member, director or employee reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Company.


        The persons who shall be eligible to receive Incentive Awards pursuant to the Plan shall be all employees and directors of the Company and its Subsidiaries and such other persons whom the Committee determines are expected to make a contribution to the Company; provided, however, that


no Incentive Awards shall be granted to any "officers" or "directors" of the Company or its Subsidiaries (within the meaning of the rules of Nasdaq Stock Market or any other securities exchange on which Company shares are traded) unless and until the shareholders of the Company formally approve the Plan at a duly called shareholders meeting. Subject to the foregoing, the Committee may grant Incentive Awards to any, all or none of such eligible persons at any time, from time to time, during the term of the Plan. Nothing herein shall require the Company to submit the Plan to Company shareholders for their approval and any Incentive Awards granted to persons other than Company "officers" and "directors" shall be effective notwithstanding the absence of shareholder approval.

Awards Under the Plan; Award Agreement.

        The Committee may grant Options, Tandem SARs, Stand-Alone SARs, shares of Restricted Stock, shares of Phantom Stock and Stock Bonuses, in such amounts and with such terms and conditions as the Committee shall determine, subject to the provisions of the Plan.

        Each Incentive Award granted under the Plan (except an unconditional Stock Bonus) shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement that shall contain such provisions as the Committee may in its sole discretion deem necessary or desirable. By accepting an Incentive Award, a Participant thereby agrees that the award shall be subject to all of the terms and provisions of the Plan and the applicable Award Agreement.


Identification of Options.




Tandem SARs.

        The Committee may grant in connection with any Option granted hereunder one or more Tandem SARs relating to a number of shares of Common Stock less than or equal to the number of shares of Common Stock subject to the related Option. A Tandem SAR may be granted at the same time as, or, in the case of a Non-Qualified Stock Option, subsequent to the time that, its related Option is granted.

Stand-Alone SARs.

Benefit Upon Exercise.


Restricted Stock.

Issue Date and Vesting Date.



Phantom Stock.

Vesting Date.


Stock Bonuses.

        In the event that the Committee grants a Stock Bonus, a certificate for the shares of Common Stock comprising such Stock Bonus shall be issued in the name of the Participant to whom such grant was made and delivered to such Participant as soon as practicable after the date on which such Stock Bonus is payable.

Rights as a Stockholder.

        No person shall have any rights as a stockholder with respect to any shares of Common Stock covered by or relating to any Incentive Award until the date of issuance of a stock certificate with respect to such shares. Except as otherwise expressly provided in Section 3(c) of the Plan, no adjustment to any Incentive Award shall be made for dividends or other rights for which the record date occurs prior to the date such stock certificate is issued.

No Special Employment Rights; No Right to Incentive Award.

        Nothing contained in the Plan or any Award Agreement shall confer upon any Participant any right with respect to the continuation of employment by the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company or interfere in any way with the right of the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company, subject to the terms of any separate employment agreement to the contrary, at any time to terminate such employment or to increase or decrease the compensation of the Participant. No person shall have any claim or right to receive an Incentive Award hereunder. The Committee's granting of an Incentive Award to a Participant at any time shall neither require the Committee to grant any other Incentive Award to such Participant or other person at any time or preclude the Committee from making subsequent grants to such Participant or any other person.


Securities Matters.

The Company shall be under no obligation to effect the registration pursuant to the Securities Act of any interests in the Plan or any shares of Common Stock to be issued hereunder or to effect similar compliance under any state laws. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Company shall not be obligated to cause to be issued or delivered any certificates evidencing shares of Common Stock pursuant to the Plan unless and until the Company is advised by its counsel that the issuance and delivery of such certificates is in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations of governmental authority and the requirements of any securities exchange on which shares of Common Stock are traded. The Committee may require, as a condition of the issuance and delivery of certificates evidencing shares of Common Stock pursuant to the terms hereof and of the applicable Award Agreement, that the recipient of such shares make such covenants, agreements and representations, and that such certificates bear such legends, as the Committee, in its sole discretion, deems necessary or desirable.

The transfer of any shares of Common Stock hereunder shall be effective only at such time as counsel to the Company shall have determined that the issuance and delivery of such shares is in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations of governmental authority and the requirements of any securities exchange on which shares of Common Stock are traded. The Committee may, in its sole discretion, defer the effectiveness of any transfer of shares of Common Stock hereunder in order to allow the issuance of such shares to be made pursuant to registration or an exemption from registration or other methods for compliance available under federal or state securities laws. The Committee shall inform the Participant in writing of its decision to defer the effectiveness of a transfer. During the period of such deferral in connection with the exercise of an Option, the Participant may, by written notice, withdraw such exercise and obtain the refund of any amount paid with respect thereto.
Withholding Taxes.

        Whenever cash is to be paid pursuant to an Incentive Award, the Company (or its agent) shall have the right to deduct therefrom an amount sufficient to satisfy any federal, state and local withholding tax requirements related thereto. Whenever shares of Common Stock are to be delivered pursuant to an Incentive Award, the Company (or its agent) shall have the right to require the Participant to remit to the Company in cash an amount sufficient to satisfy any federal, state and local withholding tax requirements related thereto. With the approval of the Committee, a Participant may satisfy the foregoing requirement by electing to have the Company (or its agent) withhold from delivery shares of Common Stock having a fair market value equal to the amount of tax to be withheld. Such shares shall be valued at their Fair Market Value on the date on which the amount of tax to be withheld is determined (the "Tax Date"). Fractional share amounts shall be settled in cash. Such a withholding election may be made with respect to all or any portion of the shares to be delivered pursuant to an Incentive Award.

Notification of Election Under Section 83(b) of the Code.

        If any Participant shall, in connection with the acquisition of shares of Common Stock under the Plan, make the election permitted under Section 83(b) of the Code (i.e., an election to include in gross income in the year of transfer the amounts specified in Section 83(b)), such Participant shall notify the Company of such election within 10 days of filing notice of the election with the Internal Revenue Service, in addition to any filing and a notification required pursuant to regulation issued under the authority of Code Section 83(b).


Notification Upon Disqualifying Disposition Under Section 421(b) of the Code.

        Each Award Agreement with respect to an Incentive Stock Option shall require the Participant to notify the Company of any disposition of shares of Common Stock issued pursuant to the exercise of such Option under the circumstances described in Section 421(b) of the Code (relating to certain disqualifying dispositions), within 10 days of such disposition.

Amendment or Termination of the Plan.

        The Board of Directors may, at any time, suspend or terminate the Plan or revise or amend it in any respect whatsoever; provided, however, that stockholder approval shall be required if and to the extent the Board of Directors determines that such approval is appropriate for purposes of satisfying Section 162(m) or 422 of the Code or to the extent such approval is required by the rules of any stock exchange on which the Common Stock is listed. Nothing herein shall restrict the Committee's ability to exercise its discretionary authority pursuant to Section 4 of the Plan, which discretion may be exercised without amendment to the Plan. No action hereunder may, without the consent of a Participant, reduce the Participant's rights under any outstanding Incentive Award.

Transfers Upon Death; Non-Assignability.

        Upon the death of a Participant, outstanding Incentive Awards granted to such Participant may be exercised only by the executor or administrator of the Participant's estate or by a person who shall have acquired the right to such exercise by will or by the laws of descent and distribution. No transfer of an Incentive Award by will or the laws of descent and distribution shall be effective to bind the Company unless the Committee shall have been furnished with (a) written notice thereof and with a copy of the will and/or such evidence as the Committee may deem necessary to establish the validity of the transfer and (b) an agreement by the transferee to comply with all the terms and conditions of the Incentive Award that are or would have been applicable to the Participant and to be bound by the acknowledgments made by the Participant in connection with the grant of the Incentive Award.

        During a Participant's lifetime, the Committee may permit the transfer, assignment or other encumbrance of an outstanding Option or outstanding shares of Restricted Stock unless such Option is an Incentive Stock Option and the Committee and the Participant intend that it shall retain such status. Notwithstanding the foregoing, subject to any conditions as the Committee may prescribe, a Participant may, upon providing written notice to the Secretary of the Company, elect to transfer any or all Options granted to such Participant pursuant to the Plan to members of his or her immediate family, including, but not limited to, children, grandchildren and spouse or to trusts for the benefit of such immediate family members or to partnerships in which such family members are the only partners; provided, however, that no such transfer by any Participant may be made in exchange for consideration.

Expenses and Receipts.

        The expenses of the Plan shall be paid by the Company. Any proceeds received by the Company in connection with any Incentive Award will be used for general corporate purposes.

Failure to Comply.

        In addition to the remedies of the Company elsewhere provided for herein, failure by a Participant (or beneficiary or transferee) to comply with any of the terms and conditions of the Plan or the applicable Award Agreement, unless such failure is remedied by such Participant (or beneficiary or transferee) within ten days after notice of such failure by the Committee, shall be grounds for the cancellation and forfeiture of such Incentive Award, in whole or in part, as the Committee, in its absolute discretion, may determine.


Effective Date and Term of Plan.

        The Plan became effective on the Effective Date, but the Plan (and any grants of Incentive Awards made prior to stockholder approval of the Plan) shall be subject to the requisite approval of the stockholders of the Company. In the absence of such approval, such Incentive Awards shall be null and void. Unless earlier terminated by the Board of Directors, the right to grant Incentive Awards under the Plan will terminate on the tenth anniversary of the Effective Date. Incentive Awards outstanding at Plan termination will remain in effect according to their terms and the provisions of the Plan.

Applicable Law.

        Except to the extent preempted by any applicable federal law, the Plan will be construed and administered in accordance with the laws of the State of Utah, without reference to the principles of conflicts of law.

Participant Rights.

        No Participant shall have any claim to be granted any Incentive Award under the Plan, and there is no obligation for uniformity of treatment for Participants. Except as provided specifically herein, a Participant or a transferee of an Incentive Award shall have no rights as a stockholder with respect to any shares covered by any award until the date of the issuance of a Common Stock certificate to him for such shares.

Unfunded Status of Awards.

        The Plan is intended to constitute an "unfunded" plan for incentive and deferred compensation. With respect to any payments not yet made to a Participant pursuant to an Incentive Award, nothing contained in the Plan or any Award Agreement shall give any such Participant any rights that are greater than those of a general creditor of the Company.

No Fractional Shares.

        No fractional shares of Common Stock shall be issued or delivered pursuant to the Plan. The Committee shall determine whether cash, other Incentive Awards, or other property shall be issued or paid in lieu of such fractional shares or whether such fractional shares or any rights thereto shall be forfeited or otherwise eliminated.


        A Participant may file with the Committee a written designation of a beneficiary on such form as may be prescribed by the Committee and may, from time to time, amend or revoke such designation. If no designated beneficiary survives the Participant, the executor or administrator of the Participant's estate shall be deemed to be the Participant's beneficiary.


        The Plan is designed and intended to comply with Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act and, with Section 162(m) of the Code, and all provisions hereof shall be construed in a manner to so comply.


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