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HP is jumping into Linux in a big way. Perhaps most significant this week was their announcement of a 24x7 support offering for Linux. No longer is it true that there is no big company to call to try to get problems fixed. Significantly, HP's support is a multivendor offering: they List Caldera, Pacific HiTech, Red Hat, and SuSE.
HP also announced OpenMail 6.0, their competitor to Outlook which runs on Linux.
Another sub-$500 Linux system offering has been announced, this one from The Computer Underground. A reasonable-looking 64MB machine can be had for $494, making it, perhaps, the least expensive Linux-installed system on the market.
Logitech announces Linux support. Logitech has announced the availability of Linux drivers for all of its game port products. Source is also available via the Linux Joystick Driver page. See also brief articles in Next Generation and GameSpot. (Thanks to Damon Poole).
A popular, eight-headed penguin. Penguin Computing has proclaimedthat its eight-way server is a "surprise hit" at Internet World this week. "'We've been overwhelmed by the expressions of interest we've had in the Penguin Linux server,' said Penguin's founder and president, Sam Ockman. 'We have already received well over 500 serious inquiries from prospective buyers of the system.'"
An open source e-commerce project. A new company called RSDi.com has surface and proclaimedits intention to create a free E-Commerce server system. "This first product includes integration with Cybercash (www.cybercash.com) and PaymentNet (www.paymentnet.com) for credit card processing, shopping carts, rewards programs, coupons, online auctions, automatic XML catalog publishing, business to business XML transactions, a GUI Java applet for building stores and auctions over the Internet..." They have a minimal web site up, but there's not much there yet.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
April 22, 1999