IBM Announces Support For Uniform Version Of Linux

UnitedLinux Will Streamline Development Process For Linux Solutions

SOMERS, NY - 30 May 2002: IBM today announced support for the new uniform version of Linux*, known as UnitedLinux, across its broad portfolio of key hardware, software and services offerings.

In an effort to unify the various distributions of the Linux operating system, four of the leading distributors, Caldera, Conectiva, SuSE and TurboLinux, joined together to create UnitedLinux. By creating a unified version of the open source platform, UnitedLinux will make it easier for businesses, independent hardware and software vendors, and business partners to standardize on fewer versions of Linux, instead of porting e-business applications to a variety of different Linux distributions, which can be time-consuming and costly.

IBM will also continue to support Red Hat Linux across its key hardware, software and services offerings.

"IBM fully supports this new, UnitedLinux, which will make it easier than ever before to create a wide variety of Linux-based solutions for any size e-business," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software Group. "UnitedLinux brings together the best technologies and capabilities of these four companies, delivering a single international Linux distribution that will make it simpler for solution providers to utilize and customers to deploy. Our support for UnitedLinux spans our entire Linux software, hardware, and services portfolio - already the broadest in the industry - giving our customers and business partners what they need to move more business workloads onto Linux."

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*Indicates trademark or registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.