"Today, four distibution companies--SuSE, Caldera, TurboLinux,
and Conectiva--are planning to formally announce the formation of a
single UnitedLinux distribution, which is tentatively planned to be
released at the end of 2002.
"The new UnitedLinux distro will be targeted for business and
enterprise-level platforms and will feature a single, unified code
base that combines select packages of all of the participating
distributions. Each distro will feature the same libraries and same
installation tools as the others.
"But that is where the unification stops, according to
information released to analysts in a meeting yesterday morning.
Each distribution company will market, sell, and package their own
versions of UnitedLinux under their respective labels.
"And, though the code base for UnitedLinux will be the same,
each company will have the option of inserting their own
value-added software into their own releases..."
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