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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; & 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(TM) and AMD Opteron(TM)
processor-based platforms, and Intel's x86 32-bit and Itanium(TM) 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
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 www.unitedlinux.com.
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 www.unitedlinux.com.
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 Borland
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,
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
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 for an individual
company to get such a wide coverage in so many aspects. In addition, the
organization model we are adopting, an alliance with the 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,
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 could
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 that may prove the analysts both right and wrong. This bold step
should give 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
-- 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 UnitedLinux 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,
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
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