comprised of Conectiva, The SCO Group (NASDAQ:SCOX), SuSE Linux and Turbolinux,
today introduced the UnitedLinux Ready Partner program for Independent Software
Vendors (ISVs). This program allows ISVs to self-test and certify their
products on UnitedLinux. Upon the completion of certification, ISVs will be
designated "UnitedLinux Ready" partners, easily identified by end users through
a UnitedLinux Ready Partner logo, and featured on the UnitedLinux and member
companies? Web sites.
"We designed the UnitedLinux Ready Partner program to streamline and simplify
the testing and certification process for ISVs," said Paula Hunter, general
manager, UnitedLinux. "Our goal is to have as broad a range of applications as
possible available to Linux users, and we are happy to assist ISVs toward this
ISVs interested in self-certification will obtain a current version of
UnitedLinux -- a free, downloadable developer's version of UnitedLinux for
testing purposes is available from the UnitedLinux Website's Developer's Zone.
Each ISV will install and execute its application on UnitedLinux, and run the
application through existing in-house test plans or use the UnitedLinux Ready
testing and validation tool. ISVs can also engage the services of any of the
UnitedLinux member companies for assistance with certification and validation.
Once the application is tested and has passed satisfactorily, the product
receives UnitedLinux certification upon the execution of a letter of
responsibility signed by the ISV, including the following representations and
* The product has been tested on UnitedLinux and passed without interfering
with or changing UnitedLinux code
* The ISV agrees to support its customers who deploy the product on
* The ISV agrees to follow UnitedLinux rules for UnitedLinux Ready Seal
The company and product name will then be listed on the UnitedLinux Software
Certification Web page as well as on the certification pages of all four member
Founding companies of UnitedLinux are Linux industry leaders Conectiva S.A., The
SCO Group, SuSE Linux, and Turbolinux, Inc. Built on top of a solid and tested
foundation, the group's first product, UnitedLinux 1.0, is an enterprise-class
operating system with exceptional stability, scalability and reliability, and
its high level of quality has been previously available only in expensive
proprietary operating systems. UnitedLinux Version 1.0 incorporates a wide
range of features that enhance its usefulness for enterprise environments.
Products powered by UnitedLinux 1.0 include Conectiva Linux Enterprise Edition
from Conectiva S.A. (www.conectiva.com), SCO Linux Server 4.0 from The SCO Group
(www.sco.com), SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 from SuSE Linux (www.suse.com),
and Turbolinux Enterprise Server 8 from Turbolinux (www.turbolinux.com).
Distributed virtually everywhere in the world and supported by leading global
ISVs and IHVs, UnitedLinux Version 1.0 is initially available in English,
Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German,
French and Hungarian. UnitedLinux Version 1.0 has local language and local time
zone support for customers around the world, with access to a channel of more
than 16,000 resellers and a global pre- and post-sales support team.
UnitedLinux is a partnership of industry-leading Linux companies combining their
intellectual property, geographic mind share, sales, support and marketing
expertise to produce a uniform distribution of Linux designed for business.
UnitedLinux applies the collaborative development model of open source to the
business model to enable a one-stop shop for developers, partners and customers
to install, support and maintain quality business solutions based on Linux
anywhere in the world. UnitedLinux is actively recruiting membership for both
industry software developers and those who provide Linux as an integral part of
their business solutions. For more information, visit http://www.unitedlinux.com or call UnitedLinux at