United Linux

United Linux was a common Linux distribution that was developed from early 2002 to January 2004 by the company SCO (formerly Caldera International), Conectiva, SuSE Linux AG, and Turbolinux. Mandrake should still join, but refused to cooperate. Red Hat reacted angrily because the company received a request until a day before the foundation, and formed the Red Hat Alliance.


United Linux should save development resources and create a common basis for certification. In an effort to harmonize standards for distribution, they stuck closely to the "Linux Standard Base " (LSB ), but pursuing other goals themselves. The product aimed exclusively at business customers and aimed at server use. United Linux included KDE, GNOME, compilers, anti-virus program and a lot of analysis tools, but no office suite. As an installation program served the YaST2 in SuSE Linux.

The distribution must not be freely distributed to third parties. However, the duplication and insertion within the company as often as you can. For large software vendors such as BEA, IBM, Hewlett -Packard and Oracle had certified their products for United Linux.

Failure of United Linux

From SuSE and Novell was informed " that the objectives of United Linux had been reached. Since SCO has stopped work on the project (see also SCO against Linux, note the authors ) there is no benefit to work on the project continues. " Furthermore, SuSE was acquired by Novell in January 2004, whereby the most important partner of United Linux accounted for. The distribution on the market since mid- 2005, only Turbolinux, Conectiva since been adopted by Mandrake Linux. The distribution and the website are not updated since 22 April 2003. At the Technology Partnership with Turbolinux you want but hold on and to provide at least five years of support for the products that are based on United Linux.


Mandrake Linux, Conectiva, Turbolinux and Progeny joined on 16 November 2004 together for the short-lived Linux Core Consortium ( LCC).