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NewsForge: Commentary: Where UnitedLinux Got It Wrong

Jun 03, 2002, 13:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)

"On Thursday, Linux companies Caldera, SuSE, Conectiva and Turbolinux came together to announce a new effort called UnitedLinux. The four distributions will create a single Linux distribution focused on the business server market. Participating companies will be free to bundle their own software with the distribution to add value to the generic distribution. Furthermore, other Linux companies are free to join the effort.

"As a basic business concept, UnitedLinux makes sound business sense. A single business-centric distribution makes life simple for ISVs and OEMs. Once software is ported and tested on UnitedLinux, an ISV can rest assured that the software will run on all participating distributions. Likewise, OEMs need only certify that their hardware works with UnitedLinux, rather than multiple different distributions.

"Sounds good. Almost..."

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