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The UnitedLinux Dark Horse: Conectiva

Who Are They, And What Do They Bring to the Table?

  • June 24, 2002
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

If you watch Linux-related news, then for the last few weeks it's been hard to do anything without running into pronouncements about UnitedLinux. UnitedLinux is certainly a curious beast, a kind of Tuxed-out Cerberus with four heads, where more might sprout out at any moment. Let's move through some of the hype and guesswork and take a look at one of the lesser-known heads--at least, lesser-known in English-speaking Linux markets.

Conectiva is a Latin American Linux distribution from Brazil that aims primarily at the Spanish and Portuguese speaking audience. If you've taken a close look at the UnitedLinux partners, you'll notice that this project is definitely a worldwide effort, with distributions specializing in a variety of languages and geographical areas (SuSE is ultimately a German distribution, and TurboLinux focuses heavily on the Asian market).

Let's take a look at what Conectiva brings to the effort, and hopes to get out of it.

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