UnitedLinux 1.0 Beta 3

UnitedLinux is the product of four major Linux distribution vendors (Connectiva, The SCO Group (for­merly Caldera), SuSE and TurboLinux) combining development efforts to prod­uce a single Linux distribution, upon which each vendor will base future products.

After installing the third beta version of UnitedLinux it was clear that this distribution is based heavily on SuSE Linux. The installation uses the well regarded SuSE YAST2 installation tool and is very similar to SuSE Linux 8.1. The final installation is LSB-compliant, ensuring compatibility with LSB-compliant applications. See here for a screenshot.

UnitedLinux is intended as a server and business-user distribution of Linux. As expected, Apache, BIND, Samba and most other Internet servers are included with the distribution. System administrators will be pleased to note that the system comes locked down, with nearly all services turned off by default. A large number of network scanning tools, such as etheral, saint and tcpdump, are also included.

ReiserFS is the default file system for UnitedLinux. During installation the option is given to replace this with EXT2, EXT3, JFS, XFS or FAT. Extensive storage management tools are packaged with the distribution, including support for hardware and software RAID.

The desktop applications included with UnitedLinux are, at best, basic. Almost no multimedia tools are included. Both GNOME and KDE are available, but the range of accompanying software is almost non-existent.

In brief: UnitedLinux 1.0 Beta 3
(Beta software, not rated)
UnitedLinux is business-user and server distribution with all the tools required for this role.
Price: $TBA
URL: www.unitedlinux.com

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Alastair Cousins

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