UserLinux offers enterprises another
choice"> The UserLinux Project has set out to assemble an all-free, enterprise-class Linux distribution to compete with the per-machine-licensed likes of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server.
Debian-based UserLinux will be based on the popular, noncommercial Debian distribution and will ship with an application set focused on business, although users will be able to take advantage of Debians well-populated software repositories.
Updates The Debian Project provides security updates for its stable releases for a year after the next stable version ships. Debian stable releases move slowly; Woody, the current stable version, was released in July 2002 and is set to be succeeded by the next stable release, Sarge (on which UserLinux is based), in the next few months.
ISV certifications The UserLinux team is hoping that adherence to the Linux Standard Base will lead to software vendor certifications, but the in-development standard for maintaining compatibility among Linux distributions must grow more mature and more widely embraced for this to occur.
Support and services The UserLinux Project plans to make support available by pulling together a third-party network of UserLinux-affiliated commercial ISVs; time will tell how effective such a network will be.
Senior Analyst Jason Brooks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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