United Linux

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United Linux was a joint Linux distribution that was developed from the beginning of 2002 to January 2004 by the companies SCO (formerly Caldera International ), Conectiva , SuSE Linux AG and Turbolinux . Mandrakesoft was also supposed to join, but refused to cooperate. Angry that Red Hat received a request just the day before it was formed, Red Hat formed the Red Hat Alliance .


United Linux should save development resources and create a common basis for certifications. In an effort to create uniform standards for distribution, the " Linux Standard Base " (LSB) was closely followed , which, however, has different goals. The product was aimed exclusively at corporate customers and aimed at server use . United Linux included KDE , Gnome , compilers , anti-virus programs and a lot of analysis tools, but no Office package . YaST 2 from SuSE Linux served as the installation program .

The distribution may not be freely distributed to third parties. However, it can be duplicated and used within the company as often as required. Large software manufacturers such as BEA , IBM , Hewlett-Packard and Oracle had certified their products for UnitedLinux.

Failure of United Linux

SuSE and Novell announcedthat the goals of United Linux had been achieved. Since SCO has interrupted work on the project (see also SCO against Linux , authors' note) there is no point in continuing to work on the project ”. In addition, SuSE was taken over by Novell in January 2004, which eliminated UnitedLinux's most important partner. The distribution has only been sold by Turbolinux since mid-2005, as Conectiva was taken over by Mandrake Linux . The distribution and website have not been updated since April 22, 2003. The technology partnership with Turbolinux will, however, be retained and support for products based on United Linux will be offered for at least five years.


Mandrake Linux, Conectiva, Turbolinux and Progeny merged on November 16, 2004 to form the short-lived Linux Core Consortium (LCC).

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