Unity Linux

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Not to be confused with Unity (desktop environment).
Unity Linux
Developer The Unity Linux Team
OS family Unix-like
Working state Dormant[1]
Source model Open source
Latest release 2010.2 / December 2, 2010; 5 years ago (2010-12-02)
Package manager RPM YUM libSolv
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
License GPL
Official website www.unity-linux.org

Unity Linux is a rolling release Linux distribution, and is meant to be a base on which other distributions can build. It is available on an installable 64-bit Live CD, and it consists of free software only. Unity Linux is the first Linux distribution built on Musl that uses RPM and YUM for its package management, and OpenRC for its Init system.[citation needed]


The primary goals of Unity Linux are:[2]

  • Providing core packages for other distributions.
  • Providing tools to make it easy to remaster.
  • Ensuring interoperability between packages.
  • Providing a reliable platform for remaster.


Unity Linux core system is made up of one CD that tries to provide a small base on which others can build.[2] Because the target audience of Unity Linux is not end-users, nothing else is included. For example, server-centric applications and development tools are not part of the core system.

Even though many applications are not included in the core distribution, the system can be installed piecemeal using rpm.

Additionally, a separate online repository of unsupported software (this includes software that's free to use, but not open source, such as codecs) is available.

Package management[edit]

Unity Linux uses RPM and YUM to manage its packages.[3]

Release history[edit]

The first test release was Beta 1,[4] the first of many test releases. Subsequent test releases include Beta 2 on 4 January 2010 and RC1 on 9 March 2010.[5]

There was a hiatus in development as the project fell silent. However, an early developer and supporter of Unity has taken over the project.[6] Developer Test "live" ISOs have been created.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unity Linux". DistroWatch.com. 
  2. ^ a b "About Unity". Unity Linux. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  3. ^ "YUM Package on Unity GitHub". Unity Linux. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  4. ^ "Unity Linux 2010 Beta 1 Release!". Unity Linux. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Unity Linux". Unity Linux. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to Unity-Linux < Unity-Linux". Unity Linux. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 

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