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Linux vendors move to standard platform [ZDNet]

May 30, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Writing for ZDNet UK, Matthew Broersma reports on the newly formed 'United Linux' initiative. Caldera, SuSE, Turbolinux and Conectiva have strategically aligned to offer a standardized distribution . . .

” . . . Four Linux distributors . . . are to back a standard software distribution, as a way of encouraging application development and battling the dominant position of Red Hat.

” . . . The founding companies said that they will promote UnitedLinux as an industry-wide standard, with other Linux distributors free to adopt it . . . “

” . . . Instead of offering completely customized versions of the Linux operating system, each company will ship UnitedLinux along with value-added products and services, the companies said. Major software vendors such as Borland, Computer Associates, IBM and SAP, as well as hardware vendors such as Intel and AMD, endorsed the product, the Linux companies said . . . ”

” . . . The new distribution will comply with the Linux Standards Base (LSB), a project for standardizing Linux platforms across the industry, as well as the Li18nux standard for internationalization. Installations will be enabled for several languages, including English, German, French, Korean and Chinese . . . ”

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