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Re: [SLE] SuSE to band together with Caldera, Turbolinux, and Con ectiva?
  • From: Nick Selby <php@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 21:09:27 +0200
  • Message-id: <200205302109.27526.php@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I just got the press release:

Caldera, Conectiva, SuSE, Turbolinux Partner To Create UnitedLinux,
And Produce A Uniform Version Of Linux For Business
Majority of enterprise system and software vendors including AMD, Borland
Software Corporation, Computer Associates, Fujitsu Siemens, Fujitsu Japan,
Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, NEC, Progress Software, and SAP, support effort
to create standard Linux platform

LINDON, Utah, CURITIBA, Brazil, NUREMBERG, Germany, and BRISBANE, Calif. -May
30, 2002- Linux Industry leaders Caldera International, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALD),
Conectiva S.A., SuSE Linux AG, and Turbolinux, Inc., today announced the
organization of UnitedLinux, a new initiative that will streamline Linux
development and certification around a global, uniform distribution of Linux
designed for business. UnitedLinux addresses enterprise customers' need for
a standard, business-focused Linux distribution that is certified to work
across hardware and software platforms, accelerating the adoption of Linux in
the enterprise. Under terms of the agreement, the four companies will
collaborate on the development of one common core Linux operating
environment, called UnitedLinux software. The four partners will each bundle
value added products and services with the UnitedLinux operating system and
the resulting offering will be marketed and sold by each of the four partners
under their own brands.
Nearly every vendor supplying a piece of the technology infrastructure used
by businesses has expressed support for UnitedLinux, including systems and
software vendors AMD, Borland Software Corporation, Computer Associates,
Fujitsu Siemens, Fujitsu Japan, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, NEC, Progress
Software, and SAP. Independent hardware and software vendors spend
considerable effort certifying their products and services on individual
Linux distributions to ensure product compatibility for their customers.
UnitedLinux will significantly diminish the number of distributions that
vendors are asked to certify and will provide a true standards-based Linux
operating environment

Customers Benefit Through Unity
According to research firm IDC, a 2001 survey of 800 North American and
Western European companies found that 40% of the respondents were either
using or testing Linux in their organizations. UnitedLinux will help further
speed enterprise adoption of Linux by providing businesses with a greater
choice in the number of applications and hardware certified to work on the
uniform version of Linux. Customers will also benefit from the global sales,
localization, education, support and services that all four UnitedLinux
vendors will collectively provide.
The collaboration of the four leading Linux companies will result in an
enterprise Linux offering, which is truly global by virtue of the companies'
ability to provide local language support, training and professional
services, in addition to the support of strategic partners. UnitedLinux will
provide one unified Linux code base for IBM's complete eServer product line,
AMD's current 32-bit and forthcoming 64-bit AMD Athlon and AMD Opteron
processor-based platforms, and Intel's x86 32-bit and Itanium processor
family platforms. UnitedLinux supports LSB, Li18nux, and GB18030 standards,
as well as enabling installations in English, German, French, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional
Chinese languages.
In addition UnitedLinux unleashes a massive research and development
organization for Linux in the enterprise. Effectively, the four companies
involved in this process will shift dollars and resources once allocated to
creating and maintaining custom Linux operating environments and divert them
to new R&D on Linux enterprise software. UnitedLinux is dedicated to
bolstering the enterprise readiness of the platform, but in the same
collaborative spirit from which Linux was founded and continues to flourish.

Participation and Availability
While today's announcement outlines the founding members of UnitedLinux, the
initiative is open for additional Linux companies to participate. The four
partners currently plan to each offer their own server products based on
UnitedLinux by the end of 2002. For additional information on UnitedLinux,
contact Caldera, Conectiva, SuSE or Turbolinux or go to

About UnitedLinux
UnitedLinux is a standards-based, worldwide Linux solution targeted at the
business user and developed by Caldera, Conectiva, SuSE, and Turbolinux.
Designed to be an enterprise-class, industry-standard Linux operating system,
UnitedLinux provides a single stable, uniform platform for application
development, certification, and deployment, and allows Linux vendors,
Independent Software Vendors, Independent Hardware Vendors, and Original
Equipment Makers to support a single high value Linux offering. For more
information, go to

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AMD looks forward to working with UnitedLinux. Innovating within open
standards is a basic tenet at both AMD and UnitedLinux. The combination of
an enterprise-ready standard Linux, and high-volume, industry standard 32-bit
and 64-bit server platforms from AMD will provide shared customers with a
high-performance platform for enterprise computing.
-- Rich Heye, Vice President Platform and Infrastructure, AMD

As a leading provider of Linux development environments, Borland supports the
efforts around UnitedLinux. This organization should help in making it easier
for Borland to offer our technology running on Linux from more vendors and
help to open up new opportunities and channels for Borland.
-- Simon Thornhill, VP and General Manager of rapid application solutions at

Caldera sees the formation of UnitedLinux as a tremendous benefit to the
industry, to our customers, to our 16,000-member reseller channel, and to our
IHV and ISV partners. Linux and Open Source have already changed the way
software is developed in the new online world. UnitedLinux now offers a
viable business model and creates a unified environment that will attract
many more global business solutions to Linux enabling far greater adoption
and use. Caldera plans to make Linux not just an alternative OS, but the
dominant choice for businesses worldwide who are wanting to take advantage of
the benefits of online services.
-- Ransom Love, Chairman and CEO, Caldera International

Computer Associates
As a company that has demonstrated unmatched commitment to Linux as an
enterprise- computing platform, CA is extremely supportive of the UnitedLinux
initiative. We believe that this broad-based cooperative effort will further
accelerate the embrace of Linux by customers across all market segments and
will enable them to realize the significant technical and business benefits
that Linux offers in their distributed and mainframe implementations.
-- John Pincomb, VP of Marketing at Computer Associates

UnitedLinux represents the addition of the best qualification of each of these
companies. As they are in different places, they can add qualifications that
each one has developed in order to answer to the challenges of the local
markets, creating a product that increases the number of answers to the
technical demand. It would be very difficult an individual company to get
such a wide coverage in so many aspects. In addition, the organization model
we are adopting, an alliance with cooperation and contribution of best
practices, is in accordance with the cooperative spirit Linux has wrought.
-- Jaques Rosenzvaig, CEO of Conectiva

Free Standards Group
UnitedLinux´s commitment to LSB certification is a natural. I look forward to
the further growth of the Linux market acceptance of open source
methodologies and wider certification of Linux products.
-- Scott McNeil, Executive Director of the Free Standards Group

Linux is one of the most important strategic platforms for Fujitsu, and we
have been actively developing hardware and software products, services and
solutions based on Linux. We welcome UnitedLinux and commend its efforts to
create a common and stable Linux distribution environment for system vendors
like Fujitsu and business customers as well. Fujitsu is pleased to lend its
fullest support to UnitedLinux's activities.
-- Masaharu Kitaoka, General Manager of Linux Division, Fujitsu Limited.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers
UnitedLinux transforms Linux into a business operating system par excellence.
The level of performance, scalability and availability will be extraordinary.
Combined with our PRIMERGY servers, UnitedLinux will provide a platform for
business-critical computing solutions.
-- Dr. Joseph Reger, Chief Technology Officer Fujitsu Siemens Computers

As the #1 vendor of Linux solutions and the leading proponent of
standards-based computing, HP believes UnitedLinux represents an important
milestone that will accelerate the use of Linux by enterprises around the
world. Businesses of all sizes that are deploying Linux now have the
additional benefit of this unified platform.
-- Martin Fink, general manager, HP Linux Systems Division

The formation of UnitedLinux offers multiple benefits to the industry, proving
yet again that cooperation on standards simplifies application development
and deployment for vendors thereby providing our mutual customers with new
applications more quickly. Ultimately, UnitedLinux will accelerate Linux
adoption in the industry.
-- Steve Solazzo, General Manager, Linux, IBM.

Linux International
Open Source licensing leads to each vendor having the same functionality in
the base system over time. This effort shows forethought in making that
effort a planned, cooperative event. Rather than spend their money
re-engineering the basic underlying functionalities of reliability,
scalability and availability, these vendors will be able to build a common
platform with which to innovate new features that their customers desire. I
wish the old Unix vendors had learned that lesson.

"For many years the analysts have been saying that the marketplace can not
support so many distributions of Linux, hinting that only one or two might
survive. Once again the Linux community has come back with a unique answer
which may prove the analysts both right and wrong. This bold step should
a strong base distribution that will satisfy the needs of the software vendor
for consistency and the hardware vendor for support, yet allow
differentiation at the upper levels to meet the needs of diverse customers."
Jon "maddog" Hall, Executive Director of Linux International.

Open Forum Europe
OpenForum Europe was formed to accelerate and broaden the use of Linux and
Open Source Software in business, breaking down the perceived business
blockers that our research has shown may slow down its adoption by business.
The announcement of United Linux is very welcome, tackling potential
duplication of effort and via the partner collaboration will boost confidence
of CIOs in selecting Linux. UnitedLinux is a future-oriented step that has
the full support of OpenForum Europe.
-- Graham Taylor, Programme Director, OpenForum Europe

NEC believes that any activities of the UnitedLinux will be useful for all of
us -- Linux users, developers and system integrators -- related to the
enterprise systems. NEC welcomes such activities and will contribute
development of future Linux market for enterprise.
-- Chieko Takahashi, Senior Manager of Open Source Software Solution Center,
NEC Solutions, NEC

Progress Software
We are encouraged by the announcement of a UnitedLinux Operating System and
look forward to its first release. We see the collaboration between Caldera,
SuSE, Turbolinux and Conectiva as being a most effective way of integrating
several Linux distributions into one standard based Linux Operating System
that is specifically targeted for business implementations. This is an
essential step in the evolution of the Linux OS, which will provide notable
economical and technological benefits to business customers
and software companies like Progress.
-- Maggie Alexander, Vice President of Product Planning at Progress Software
UnitedLinux will assist SAP in extending our Linux reach while maintaining the
clear and simple structure of the distributions and databases supported by
SAP solutions. Throughout the world, UnitedLinux will help to make SAP
solutions on Linux an even more compelling offering with respect to service,
support, reliability and performance to price ratio.
-- SAP AG, Karl-Heinz Hess, Member of the Extended Executive Board

SuSE Linux AG
UnitedLinux provides our customers a business Linux that can truly be called
the 'best of the best'. Global accounts will especially welcome the worldwide
availability of one unified product combined with a set of services delivered
either by a local Linux player or an international acting partner like IBM
Global Services.
-- Gerhard Burtscher, CEO SuSE Linux AG

Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing markets for Linux and UnitedLinux
will only accelerate that rapid growth. Turbolinux has market leadership in
Asia Pacific with major enterprise customers, hardware and software partners
throughout the region, as well as aiding in China's massive undertaking to
select a technology infrastructure for the entire country. UnitedLinux will
benefit these customers, especially those in the largest enterprises that use
Linux across their global infrastructures. With today's announcement, there
are no credible arguments left against Linux in the enterprise. Linux will
take its deserved place alongside every other enterprise operating
-- Ly-Huong Pham, CEO of Turbolinux

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