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VA Research is outsourcing most of its manufacturing, due to the fact that they can't keep up with the demand for their systems. Most of their systems manufacturing will go to Flextronics International, a company which does manufacturing for a number of other big names. VA Research plans to retain internal manufacturing for only their very high-end, multiprocessor server systems. Flextronics, meanwhile, will be setting up offshore assembly plants for the lower-level systems. See VA Research's press release and this News.com article for more.
Red Hat has picked up yet another investor; this one, interestingly, is SAP. See their press release for more. SAP, being a German company, could perhaps be expected to have a more natural affinity with SuSE. The fact that they, too, are putting money into Red Hat shows the extent of the lead that Red Hat seems to be taking over the other distributions. According to This InfoWorld article, SAP bought a 10% share of the company.
Multi-User Solutions has announced a 24x7 support package, this one is aimed at Caldera's OpenLinux. See their announcement for details.
Gartner Group on thin servers. Stéfane Fermigier pointed out this article on thin servers put out by the Gartner Group. They evaluate a number of operating systems for this role. They seem to like FreeBSD best in the text, but end up recommending Linux for most actual applications. Proprietary systems did not come out so well.
French-capable readers may want to check out this FAQ on a French government site which discusses the possible uses of free software in the French administration. A partial translation to English is available via Babelfish, but the document is far too long to translate in one shot. (Thanks to Stéfane Fermigier).
Linux is moving further into the electronic design arena. Synopsys has put out an announcement that they will be offering their Verilog circuit simulation package for Linux; availability is said to be in July (though beta testers apparently have it now).
CodeWarrior for Linux. MetroWerks has announced its CodeWarrior development tools for Linux, ported in conjunction with Red Hat.
Pacific HiTech has announced a set of partnership programs for companies that sell products that work with TurboLinux. There are a few different levels available; see their announcement for more.
Kiwis and penguins. Christchurch, NZ-based company iOpen has announced its existence to the world. They are providers of dedicated Linux systems and a number of free-software based services. They are "...dedicated to the installation of superior network services using only the most reliable software and hardware." Check them out.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
April 1, 1999