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DukeofURL: Conectiva Linux 6.0

Jan 29, 2001, 09:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Christle)

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"First formed in 1997, Conectiva was known as Conectiva Linux Parolin. In 1999 they released the first distribution focused on server technology, which included a whopping 1900 pages of documentation, which is pretty much unheard of in today's world of 100 page manuals. 1999 also marked the year that Conectiva released version 4.0, the distribution that brought them to the attention of the rest of the planet."

"Still, what makes Conectiva truly unique is that it is the only Portuguese/Spanish/English distribution in the world. The only other distribution that offers Spanish language capability that I am aware of is Best Linux. Due to where they are situated, this makes complete sense, as they can easily serve and support the huge South and Central American markets. Since there are large Spanish and Portuguese communities situated worldwide, Conectiva can cater to markets in both the US and Europe. Amazingly, their English support is quite good, with only a few translation errors in the on-line documentation."

"The second, and even more important feature that makes Conectiva unique, is that version 6.0 of their distribution has APT (Advanced Package Tool) enabled RPM package management. Finally, a better way to install RPMs. This distribution now has automatic dependency checking and the ability to pull the required files off the internet if not available locally. Debian users may laugh at this as they have had this for years, however; this is a first in the RPM realm and will hopefully take the world by storm."

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