"UnitedLinux was created to build a single, worldwide Linux standard that customers and partners could work with for world-class, enterprise deployment of Linux," it said.
In many ways the goals of the UnitedLinux project have indeed been accomplished.
The other significant event that has eclipsed the UnitedLinux initiative is the acquisition of SuSE by Provo, Utah-based Novell.
One local vendor that rebuffed an offer to join UnitedLinux is MandrakeSoft, the French Linux distributor.
As well as selling the most Linux servers (see Market Size and Shape, above) Hewlett Packard can claim to offer the broadest support for Linux, given its partnerships with Red Hat, SuSE, Turbolinux (and UnitedLinux), Debian and MandrakeSoft, which gives it a variety of options to appeal to users in different geographies and market sectors.
The company's Unbreakable Linux program is designed to assure users that they will receive enterprise level support for Linux deployments, and sees Oracle acting as a first point of contact for problem-escalation of both Oracle products and Red Hat or UnitedLinux.
Linux distributions powered by UnitedLinux are high-quality operating systems designed for mission-critical business applications, with guaranteed stability, security and international support from the different partners of the UnitedLinux consortium.
"Our support of UnitedLinux concepts is based on this group's reliable international Linux distribution which is supported by the main players in open source environments," said Phil Roussel, Arkeia CEO.
"SCO is uniquely qualified to make the UnitedLinux platform viable for business because of its proven track record."
UnitedLinux is the collaboration of industry leading Linux companies that will develop an industry standard version of Linux, lead by Caldera, Conectiva, SuSE and Turbolinux.
"The advantages with UnitedLinux are that instead of certifying to multiple distributions of Linux, ISVs and IHVs we can now concentrate on one major business distribution -- UnitedLinux.
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.