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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. What is UnitedLinux?
  2. What is UnitedLinux designed to accomplish?
  3. How does UnitedLinux benefit end users?
  4. How does UnitedLinux benefit the software and hardware vendors?
  5. Will UnitedLinux allow additional companies to join?
  6. What about other Linux providers?
  7. Does UnitedLinux break existing compatibility with hardware and software?
  8. What is the roadmap/schedule for UnitedLinux?
  9. Can users download free versions of UnitedLinux for non-commercial uses, similar to how Linux is freely available today?
  10. Where can I get the UnitedLinux operating system?
  1. What is UnitedLinux?

    UnitedLinux is a standards-based, worldwide Linux solution targeted at the business user and developed by Conectiva, The SCO Group, SuSE, and Turbolinux. Designed to be an enterprise-class, industry-standard Linux operating system, UL provides a single stable, uniform platform for application development, certification, and deployment and allows Linux vendors, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs) to support a single high value Linux offering rather than many different versions.

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  2. What is UnitedLinux designed to accomplish?

    UnitedLinux addresses enterprise customers' needs for a high quality, low cost, standards-based Linux environment that enables the widespread adoption of Linux. Additionally, as hardware and software vendors need to certify only on a single version - rather than multiple versions - more hardware and software will be available to support the enterprise.

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  3. How does UnitedLinux benefit end users?

    The joint expertise and development power of the four leading Linux distributors powering UnitedLinux has led to a Linux operating system that is tailored and tuned for the needs of a business platform - including installation in all common languages. Moreover, as ISVs and IHVs can now concentrate on one single major business Linux distribution, customers will benefit much faster from the latest ISVs' and IHVs' technologies and have a greater number of software and hardware solutions from which to choose. Finally, customers can expect UnitedLinux services (i.e., education, support, and migration) available to them in all major areas of the world.

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  4. How does UnitedLinux benefit the software and hardware vendors?

    Instead of certifying to multiple distributions of Linux, ISVs and IHVs can now concentrate on one major business distribution - UnitedLinux - and, as a result, the availability of software and hardware for Linux will increase tremendously. Therefore, they can provide their business customers much faster with the latest technologies. In addition, hardware and software manufacturers have the opportunity to join the alpha and beta test cycles, assuring early on that UnitedLinux supports their products.

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  5. Will UnitedLinux allow additional companies to join?

    Yes. Today, four development members - Conectiva, The SCO Group, SuSE, and Turbolinux - make up UnitedLinux, but the initiative is open for additional Linux companies to participate.

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  6. What about other Linux providers?

    We want as many Linux distributors to join this effort as possible. That means not just Red Hat but also Mandrake, Red Flag and all the others around the globe. Every one of them is invited to join this initiative. It is our hope that the initial work done by Conectiva, The SCO Group, SuSE and Turbolinux leads to the creation of a much larger group.

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  7. Does UnitedLinux break existing compatibility with hardware and software?

    Conectiva, The SCO Group, SuSE, and Turbolinux have collaborated on the development of the UnitedLinux distribution in order to provide migration paths from their former releases to UnitedLinux. However, each UnitedLinux partner will still have its own Linux distribution that is "Powered by UnitedLinux." Existing long-term relationships with leading hardware and software companies - as well as the current UnitedLinux partners - guarantee the compatibility of UnitedLinux with relevant business solutions. HW and SW manufacturers have had the opportunity to join the alpha and beta test circles, thus having confidence from an early stage that UnitedLinux supports their products.

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  8. What is the roadmap/schedule for UnitedLinux?

    1.a. Alpha version in Q2, 2002
    1.b. Beta version in Q3, 2002
    1.c. Version 1.0 release in Q4, 2002

    All these milestones have been met.

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  9. Can users download free versions of UnitedLinux for non-commercial uses, similar to how Linux is freely available today?

    Yes, UnitedLinux sources are available for free download now that Version 1.0 is released, from our founding partners Conectiva, The SCO Group, SuSE, and Turbolinux - you'll find details in their developer programs.

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  10. Where can I get the UnitedLinux operating system?

    UnitedLinux-based products are available from all founding companies and their business partners. For contact information, please visit http://www.unitedlinux.com/en/contact/.

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The SCO Group

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