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Pacific HiTech is on the move in its attempt to carry its dominance
in the Asian Linux market to the U.S. A few things that came out of PHT
this week include:
TurboLinux currently has a tiny share of the American Linux market. They
are clearly trying to change that; it will be interesting to see how that
- They aren't called Pacific HiTech anymore. Hereafter they will be
known by the name of their distribution: TurboLinux. See this News.com article for more information. "'The company has grown out of its
Pacific Rim roots,' said Lonn Johnston, vice president of
TurboLinux operations in North America. 'We have larger plans and
- IBM announced that
it will "optimize" its DB2 database system for TurboLinux. DB2 will
eventually be bundled with the distribution, and the two companies
will work together on both sales and future development. IBM will
also be providing support services for TurboLinux.
- They also announced the deployment of over 600 IBM Netfinity servers running TurboLinux at
Kyoto Sangyo University.
A new Linux press release site.
The folks at LinuxToday
have launched a new site: LinuxPR.com. This site is
dedicated to nothing but Linux-related press releases. Included is
a submission mechanism so that Linux-related projects and
businesses can submit releases without going through the regular
The fastest Java is on Linux. The latest Volano report is out. This
report compares the network server performance of a number of different
Java virtual machines on different platforms. The winner: TowerJ on
Tuxedo on Linux, finally. BEA Systems, Inc. announcedBEA Tuxedo and BEA WebLogic Server for Linux running on Intel Architecture
servers. Tuxedo, in particular, has been long awaited by people building
large distributed systems.
Fujitsu Software Corporation announced that
it will launch C/C++ and Fortran development tools for Linux on June 30,
1999. These products expand upon Fujitsu's existing line of development
tools for both the Intel and SPARC architectures.
More databases for Linux: Ardent Software, which has been hinting at
a Linux port for a long time, has finally announced the
upcoming availability of its UniVerse and UniData databases (though only
for Red Hat 5.2). Shipping should start in June. (Thanks to Jerel
StarOffice 5.1 is out. This release fixes the glibc-2.1 problems
that prevented StarOffice from working on Red Hat 6.0 and some other
distributions. It is also said to address some of StarOffice's performance
and stability problems.
Software configuration management for Linux. Ede Development
has announced the
availability of its "AccuRev" software configuration management tool for
Linux. One of the many Linux application gaps that draw complaints is
software development tools; we are starting to see that area get filled in
just like most of the others. $749 for a single-user license.
- Penguin Computing, thin rack-mount Linux system.
- Corel, over 1 million download attempts for WordPerfect 8.
- Ebiz, high performance Beowulf cluster.
- e-smith, new reseller and development
- internet.com LLC, acquisitino of MyDesktop network, including
- Veribest, Inc., HDL tools available for Linux.
- WebTrends, WebTrends enterprise reporting server for Linux on the
Red Hat 6.0 applications CD.
- Applied Information Systems and Business Logic Corporation formed a
partnership to provide Linux applications. Their first effort is the XESS
Spreadsheet for the Linux desktop.
- CRYPTOCard announced version 4.0 of its software token, the ST-1,
is available and is now 100% Pure Java(TM) certified from Sun
Microsystems. The ST-1 protects corporate networks by providing users with
a unique, one-time password for each logon attempt. The ST-1 4.0
supports multiple platforms, including any Linux that supports the
Java Run Time Environment (JRE) version 1.1.7 or greater.
- Cygnus Solutions, an open-source software development company,
announced their Cygnus Professional Linux Developers Kit is available
online to members of the Compaq Solutions Alliance (CSA).
- IBM announced that their Netfinity 3000 and 5000 servers have been
certified for Caldera, SuSE, Pacific HiTech and Red Hat versions
of Linux. The tests were performed by KeyLabs, an
independent certification organization.
- IBM Deep Computing Institute announced open access to the source code
for IBM Visualization Data Explorer(a), a software package used to analyze
and create visual representations of data. Data Explorer will run on Linux
systems and the source code will be available on May 26 at the
Deep Computing Institute Web site.
- Killware is coming. Killware is a new novel by K. D. Kragen, dedicated
to the Linux People's Revolution and Linux Users Everywhere.
- MTI Technology Corp. announced the Gladiator 2550 enterprise RAID data
storage system, the first in a planned series of cross-platform,
high-availability storage solutions designed for the Linux and Windows
NT operating environments.
- ObjectShare announced VisualWorks Non-commercial 3.1 is available on
the Red Hat Linux 6.0 application CD.
- Siemens Computer Systems announced the CELSIUS 420, CELSIUS 620 and 630
Intel-based workstations. CELSIUS workstations have been optimised for use
with SuSE Linux.
- StarNet Communications Corp. announced a product that will allow
Windows 98 users to run Unix and Linux applications in a multiple monitor
- Walnut Creek CDROM, Inc. announced that their
software archive has surpassed the one
terabyte milestone of files downloaded per day from a single server.
The company is a supplier of the FreeBSD and Slackware Linux Operating
- Wise Solutions, Inc. teamed with Zero G Software(TM), Inc. to provide
the InstallAnywhere(TM) family of software. InstallAnywhere can deploy
software to multiple platforms, including Linux.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
May 27, 1999