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LinuxPlanet: UnitedLinux Momentum Mounts--Who's Coming Along?

Nov 21, 2002, 17:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

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"During Comdex this week, UnitedLinux officials claimed growing industry momentum for their new Linux platform, which is aimed in large part at giving developers and customers a well-supported alternative to industry leader Red Hat. Red Hat ISV (independent software developer) partners Oracle, Novell, and BEA Systems have already received the 'gold' code for UnitedLinux 1.0, along with a number of other ISV players, said Paula Hunter, general manager for UnitedLinux.

"UnitedLinux, though, is signing contracts only with IHVs (independent hardware vendors), as opposed to ISVs, according to Hunter. On the hardware side, the four members of United Linux--SCO, SuSE Linux, Turbolinux, and Conectiva--are teaming with IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and AMD. IBM and HP are also contributing some financial support to the UnitedLinux organization. "But the amount isn't very large," Hunter maintained.

"'Up to now, I've had to go out to ISVs like Oracle and SAP, and try to convince them to port their applications to multiple different Linux distributions,' said Rick Becker, VP and CTO, Industry Standard Servers, at HP..."

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