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CNET.com: Kondara MNU/Linux 2000 Reviewed

Oct 09, 2000, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"At first glance, Kondara MNU/Linux 2000 appears to be just another Red Hat-based distribution. But take a peek under the covers and you'll see that Kondara's Desktop and Server versions both offer some unique perks. In the same box, you get support for both Intel and Alpha platforms, along with English and Japanese language versions of the OS. Right now, Kondara is more bilingual than multilingual, but as additional languages become available, Kondara MNU/Linux 2000 will likely carve its own niche in the Linux marketplace...."

"Kondara is the first distribution that attempts to bridge the language gap between different business cultures. Since this multilingual distribution is built on a single binary, switching to a different language is as easy as restarting the X server and making a language selection from a drop-down menu. For companies with international operations, the implications are almost revolutionary. Kondara clients and servers can communicate with each other regardless of the default language employed at each workstation; and using Kondara, employees in various locations worldwide can read and edit documents in multiple languages without even having to change keyboards...."

"Kondara's impressive multilingual model has great potential. If Digital Factory can deliver on its promise of dozens of languages available in one package, Kondara MNU/Linux 2000 will likely become the distribution of choice for any global corporation using Linux servers, desktop clients, or both. Whether Kondara will gain popularity with home users is questionable; there are other distributions that are easier to install and configure, and frankly, why a home user would need 40 languages in one distribution is beyond us. But in the international business sector, you'd be hard-pressed to find Kondara's equal on any platform."

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