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First Look: UnitedLinux Open Beta is Here - page 4

Behind the Scenes at UnitedLinux

  • September 27, 2002
  • By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

While in no way a full review, the UnitedLinux beta appears to be a solid, standard Linux, with more than a passing resemblance to SLES with its YaST2 installer and YaST Online Updater (YOU). The primary interface is KDE 3.0 and the operating system comes with all the usual add-ons you'd expect from any Linux distribution: Apache, Samba, OpenLDAP, and so on.

In addition, though, UnitedLinux includes such advanced features as IBMs open source Memory eXpansion Technology (MXT: http://www-124.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/mxt); large memory support so that on the Intel 32-bit architecture, UnitedLinux can address up to 64GBs of RAM with up to 4GBs per process; and iSCSI (http://linux-iscsi.sourceforge.net/) so that UnitedLinux servers can address iSCSI-based Storage Area Networks (SAN)s.

In short, this isn't a Linux for playing with at home or running a small business. It, as the developers promised, is a Linux for business customers high-end needs. Now, the question is can UnitedLinux deliver on that promise. And, that is what well see in the coming weeks as potential business customers put this beta through its paces.

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