eWeek: United They Stand; United They Fall
Jun 13, 2002, 11:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Taschek)
"Some call it the gang of four. Some call it an attack on Red
Hat. I call UnitedLinux a practical move to thwart Red Hat's
domination and to enable proprietary intellectual property to be
added to Linux distributions. Oh, and, yes, it's an act surely
rooted in desperation.
"For UnitedLinux to succeed, four requirements must be met:
There needs to be a global presence and distribution channel, the
technology must be adequately better than what was available
before, there must be global services facilities, and there has to
be grass-roots support.
"When evaluated on the merits alone, there's nothing wrong with
four companies defining and packaging a Linux distribution. It
makes even more sense considering the players: Turbolinux has
marginal control over the Asian markets, SuSE Linux has success in
European countries, Conectiva is well- connected in the Latin
communities, and Caldera has had moderate success in Linux
management with Volution..."