"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, 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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