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"The schedule until the first release of UnitedLinux has already been determined. Following an alpha version for initial tests, all interfaces will be "frozen" in the beta phase as of mid-August; from mid-September until the first release of version 1.0 in November, the work will only concentrate on improving the stability. UnitedLinux 2.0 is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2003. Although UnitedLinux is developed by a multi-company team, the operating system as well as additional software solutions and services will be offered and marketed by the individual UnitedLinux partners using their own brand names.

"UnitedLinux 1.0 will support the File Hierarchy Standard 2.2 which regulates the uniform order of the system files in the directory structure. The Linux Standard Base, too, is implemented, ensuring a uniform environment for Linux applications. For this purpose, the standard defines a directory structure, standard libraries, the boot process, and the file format of binaries. The LSB ruling explicitly draws on older standards such as the X11 protocol and the Posix 1 standard.

"Li18nux 1.0 assists application developers in internationalizing their programs. The peculiar designation derives from the widely used abbreviation I18N: the letters 'i' and 'n' of 'internationalization' are separated by 18 letters. Additionally, some Linux-independent standards are also adhered to, such as Extensible Markup Language (XML), Simple Object Access Protocol (Soap), and Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM)..."

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