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Red Hat goes upmarket. This TechWeb articlemakes an interesting point: Red Hat is alone in raising the price of its distribution. While Red Hat 6.0 costs more than its predecessors, the new releases from Caldera and SuSE have gotten cheaper. Red Hat seemingly sees its future market in the corporate arena, where an extra $20 or so makes little difference. It will be interesting to see if this move costs them the more cost-sensitive buyers - students and such - that have apparently made up much of their market thus far.
Red Hat's Bob Young has written a book. According to this press release, Under The Radar: How the Open Source Sneak Attack is Transforming the Technology War will come out this September. "In a manner similar to the Pulitzer prize winner 'Soul of a New Machine' Under The Radar takes you inside the fascinating adventure behind the Open Source Movement."
Linux hardware with attitude. Hardware Canada Computing, the company that bought the Netwinder division from Corel, has announced that it is changing its name to Rebel.com, having paid $5 million for the privilege of using that domain name. "Rebel.com is a distinctive brand identity that will allow our customers to clearly understand who we are, what we do and how we conduct our business."
Small business accounting product for Linux. The folks at Proven Software, Inc. have announced the "small business edition" of their "Proven dk" accounting package. At $99, it is priced in line with small business needs, and may well be worth a look.
Clustering product announced. Active Tools has announced a beta release of their "Clustor 2.0" product. This product is aimed at making it easy to develop and run parallel applications in clustered environments. It is available for free download.
KeyLabs hardware testing program. KeyLabs has announced its Linux compatibility testing program. This is a hardware testing offering: they will be certifying hardware as being compatible with the Linux system. They have posted a set of requirements and tests on their web site; it all looks reasonably straightforward.
Tape certification. A Tape Certification Program for Linux has been announced by EST, developers of the BRU backup software for Linux. This press release indicates that Hewlett Packard, Exabyte Corporation, Seagate, OnStream Technologies, Tecmar Technologies, Ecrix Corporation, and Aiwa Corporation have all committed to the program. "EST will work closely with the drive manufacturers and the Linux developer community to ensure that any modifications required for device compatibility are implemented successfully. Any resulting changes or new device drivers will be provided back to the Linux community under an Open Source License, such as the GPL. "
The e-smith distribution. Another company has popped up with a new distribution: e-smith, inc. has announced its new "e-smith server and gateway distribution," which is aimed at routing and network services applications. Support packages are offered as well.
It's official - egcs is the new gcc. Cygnus Solutions has put out a press release stating that the EGCS Steering Committee, hosted by Cygnus Solutions at http://egcs.cygnus.com, is now the official maintainer of the gcc compiler.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
May 6, 1999