Unity Linux

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Not to be confused with Unity (desktop environment).
Unity Linux
The Unity Linux logo
Developer The Unity Linux Team
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release 2010.2 / December 2, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-12-02)
Update method SmartPM
Package manager RPM
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
License GPL
Official website www.unity-linux.org

Unity Linux is a rolling release Linux distribution maintained by a group of volunteers and is meant to be a base on which other distributions can build. Its default desktop environment is Openbox. Unity Linux is available as both a 32-bit and 64-bit Live CD that can be installed and is free software.


The primary goals of Unity Linux are:

  • Providing core packages for other distributions.[1]
  • Providing tools to make it easy to remaster.[1]
  • Ensuring interoperability between packages.[1]
  • Providing a reliable platform for remaster.[1]


Unity Linux core system is made up of one CD that tries to provide a small base on which others can build.[1] 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 the Smart Package Manager. A number of branches and remasters has provided Unity Linux core-based distributions available as LiveCDs.[2]

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 Smart Package Manager along with RPM5 to manage its packages.[3] The smart package manager is preconfigured to fetch updates and packages from the extensive Unity mirrors.

Release history[edit]

There is no need to reinstall when a new release is made; since the repositories get updated regularly, a user automatically gets the new release by running a smart update && smart upgrade.

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 are Unity Linux-based distributions already in the works:[1][citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "About Unity". Unity Linux. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  2. ^ "List of Branches - Docs". docs.unity-linux.org. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "What Have We Been Up To?". Unity Linux. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Unity Linux 2010 Beta 1 Release!". Unity Linux. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Unity Linux". Unity Linux. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 

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