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developerWorks: Inside UnitedLinux

Nov 21, 2002, 13:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John H. Terpstra)


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"UnitedLinux was announced earlier this year with a bold promise of a November release date. Well, November is here and the good news is that the promise is being realized--UnitedLinux 1.0 is here. The big question now is, will it fly?

"This article was written over the course of the four weeks prior to closure of the UnitedLinux 1.0 product, when much of the external working of the final product matured and came into shape. While this article is about UnitedLinux, the commercial form in which it will be available may vary considerably across the four partners: Conectiva, SCO, SuSE, and Turbolinux. During the Beta and Release Candidate period the UnitedLinux component CDs--those containing the base components of the operating system--were bootable and capable of controlling the installation of the product. Since then, due to a mixture of events, licensing constraints, and other legalities and arrangements, it has become necessary to obtain from the installer an acknowledgement of license compliance. It was therefore decided that, for SCO Linux 4.0 (powered by UnitedLinux 1.0) at least, only the vendor CD will be able to control product installation. This article is therefore based on SCO Linux 4.0 as a product.

"Each vendor incorporates its own 'value add' to create the commercial products. SuSE, for example, will release its product as SuSE Enterprise Linux Server 8.0 (powered by UnitedLinux). But remember that the core components will be identical across the UnitedLinux distributions--the packages are physically identical and the installed product will be certified as UnitedLinux 1.0. Confusing? Not really, if you focus on the essence of the message 'certified consistency...'"

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