UnitedLinux offers developer tools

Trying to encourage more programming uniformity among developers, UnitedLinux announced at LinuxWorld on Wednesday a software developer's program intended to better equip ISVs with the resources to port, test, and create solutions backed by the Linux consortium.

The group may have also improved its competitive position, also announcing today that Hewlett-Packard has joined as a technology partner. This comes on the heels of IBM and Advanced Micro Devices also joining as partners last week. As a partner HP has full voting rights and will participate in a range of joint marketing efforts.

Called the UnitedLinux Developer Zone, the new developer's program will include a developer forum where they can exchange ideas with their peers, an automated request facility where developers can access the latest UnitedLinux software, a Web cast calendar, a range of development tool resources, and access to development resources offered by founding member and technology partner companies.

"We have received a lot of positive feedback on the idea of a developer's program. We think we will be able to better directly address many of the issues facing the development community, said Paula Hunter, general manager of UnitedLinux.

IBM will contribute to the effort by offering its Linux Software Evaluation Kit (SEK), which can be obtained free of charge. Developers can download the SEK from the UnitedLinux Developer Zone. The SEK contains trial code, training and support, and evaluation copies of IBM's software including Websphere Application Server, the Web Services Toolkit, DB2, and Lotus Domino.

In a related announcement, UnitedLinux, together with the Linux Professional Institute, announced a Professional Certification Program designed to streamline Linux development and certification and uniform distribution.

Together the two will work to create UnitedLinux-specific exams. After passing the exams along with passing the existing LPI Levels 1 and 2 exams, developers are granted two new UnitedLinux certifications.

UnitedLinux officials said on Wednesday that there have been 15,000 downloads of its UnitedLinux Version 1.0 of Linux since September.

More information on the new programs can be obtained at www.unitedlinux.com.

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