United Linux targets the business sector
After the first rumors about a collaboration between four major Linux distributors under the name 'United Linux' made the rounds on Wednesday and this was officially confirmed yesterday, there is now more concrete information.
About this To counteract the proliferation of Linux distributions, the Linux Standard Base (LSB) has been around for some time, which is intended to ensure that the individual Linux variants have as much in common as possible in terms of directory structure, so that software does not have to be adapted to each distribution. But due to the large number of members represented there, the work is only progressing slowly, which is now to be different with United Linux. The four well-known Linux distributors SuSE, Caldera, Turbo-Linux and Conectiva are the founding members behind United Linux. From now on they want to work together on a uniform basis, which also includes basic administration tools, on which the respective distributions can then be built.
SuSE is supposed to play a major role in the development because of the German companies the development process will come together and the 'SuSE Enterprise Server' will represent the development base. The other companies will contribute their know-how to the development of various things. Towards the end of the year the various Linux distributions “Powered by United Linux” should be ready, and in a few months there should be a first test version supposedly. However, the goal here is expressly the business sector, whether or not home users will hear about “United Linux” so quickly is currently rather unlikely.
The founding members would particularly like to emphasize that they do not want to oppose the largest Linux provider RedHat with their cooperation, but instead explicitly invite them to join United Linux. All tooother distributions are welcome to get things moving, but initially they have limited themselves to a few members. However, one seems to have kept an eye on the fact that the members do not get in each other's enclosure so quickly, as everyone is present in different parts of the world. Leading industrial companies such as IBM or Hewlett-Packard very much welcome this cooperation, as software development will now become significantly easier.