UnitedLinux Set for Beta; Caldera Eyes New Era
Caldera CEO Darl McBride says UnitedLinux group aims to offer Linux users and enterprise customers an "alternative" to Red Hat.SAN FRANCISCO--UnitedLinux, the server software platform born out of the combined efforts of Caldera International Inc. Conectiva S.A., SuSE Linux AG and Turbolinux Inc., on Tuesday announced the imminent availability of the product for beta testing, promising to breathe new life into the challengers to Red Hat Inc. UnitedLinux will be released to partners of the four founding companies at the end of this month, with a public beta to kick off by the end of September, according to officials here at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. A final version is due by years end. While much of the development work is being handled by SuSE and is based on the SuSE Enterprise Server, each of the four partners will sell its own distribution, applications and services built around the UnitedLinux core. The companies will pool and share royalties derived from each copy of UnitedLinux sold.
UnitedLinux officials feel that the combined efforts of the four founders give them a renewed chance to overtake Red Hats Linux dominance.