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Kondara MNU/Linux 2000: Multilingual Linux




Kondara MNU/Linux 2000


$44.95 Desktop/$149.95 Server


Digital Factory USA, Inc.


http://www.df-usa.com

In a Nutshell


Rating:4 1/2 Penguins


Pros:


  • No-brainer language choices
  • Red-Hat based
  • Updated kernel and other packages


Cons:


  • Limited included languages
  • Based on older distribution (Red Hat 6.2)

Reviews (Kondura)

System Requirements

CPU


  • Pentium or equivalent processor

RAM


  • 64 MB RAM minimum

Hard Drive Space

  • 12 GB disk space

Supported Platforms


  • Intel-based systems
  • Alpha-based systems

What is Kondara MNU/Linux 2000? At first glance, it appears to be YALD (Yet Another Linux Distribution). However, unlike many of the newer Linux distros, Kondara adds some truly unique and useful features. Kondara MNU/Linux is all about multinational support and language integration. Based on Red Hat Linux with an updated kernel (2.2.16) and other goodies, Kondara has full multilingual support out of the box.

No Babelfish Necessary

This isn’t like the multilingual support offered by other distributions, which require a reboot to enable different languages. There is no need to even logout to use a different language. You simply change the current language for the application in use. For example, an administrator from Japan with servers collocated in the US can ssh into the server in English and then open an xterm in Japanese. At the same time, other users can use the server in their own language without any compatibility problems. Now that’s what I call multilingual support!

Kondara has full support of English and Japanese currently, with Korean and Spanish support coming soon. In the future, other languages will be added to make Kondara the one true multilingual Linux OS distribution.

Getting Started

Setting up the Kondara workstation edition was a straightforward process. Since it’s based on Red Hat Linux 6.2, the installer wizard and setup procedures were all familiar. Of course, being its own distribution, it will be up to Kondara to keep up with the various patches and fixes of Red Hat updates.

Overall, Kondara makes for a nice workstation distribution. However, if you just use it for your laptop or desktop, you may not make the most of the multilingual capabilities. In this situation, Kondara functions simply as a more up-to-date version of Red Hat.

However, if you’re setting up a Red Hat-based server and want to give users and administrators multilingual access, Kondara’s server edition should be right up your alley. In addition to providing the aforementioned language choices, as well as more up-to-date packages over the stock Red Hat, Kondara Server also boasts development tools that give your custom-built applications access to its language updates.

Kondara MNU/Linux Server was set up on a Dell PowerEdge server and it detected all attached hardware with ease. Even the RAID array (Dell by name, but AMI Megaraid under the hood) worked perfectly.

To take Kondara for a spin, or to compile software with the Kondara setup, check out Compaq’s Testdrive program at http://www.testdrive.compaq.com. Compaq makes Kondara servers available to anyone who wants to tweak or play around with them. Testdrive is a great environment for trying out the newest hardware and operating systems available on several different platforms.

On the whole, Kondara MNU/Linux 2000 Workstation and Server editions kick butt. If you need multilingual support without reboots, want an updated Red Hat based distribution, or just want to try something new, Kondara is definitely worth a try. For more information see Digital Factory USA’s Web site at http://www.df-usa.com.

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