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Mandriva, Turbo Join Their Distros at the Hip

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Mandriva, Turbo Join Their Distros at the Hip

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Remember the ill-fated UnitedLinux?

Well, the French-Brazilian Mandriva and the Asian Turbolinux, the two second-string Linux vendors, are trying to reprise a junior version of that cost-effective dream, hoping to win new customers.

They set up Manbo-Labs following an agreement, signed in October but only disclosed the other day, to pool their resources and technology and put their distributions on a common Linux base.

They said they delayed any announcement until they had initial code in hand. They think it will be ready to go in April. Mandriva Linux Spring is supposed to be based on it.

Turbo has a patent licensing/collaboration deal with Microsoft dating to about October; Mandriva doesn’t. Let’s rephrase that. Mandriva vehemently doesn’t.

So far the Manbo-Labs team of 10 or so developers from France, Japan, Brazil and the community have worked on gcc, glibc, rpm, the kernel, bin-utils, mkinitrd and udev.

Together they figure they’ll derive at least more hardware compatibility and stronger relationships with IHVs and ISVs. They would like to attract other RPM-based Linux distributions.

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