Linux in the news
All in one big page
See also: last week's Commerce page.
Cyclic drops out of the CVS support business.
Cyclic Software has announced that it
will stop selling support contracts for CVS - the version control
system used in many, many projects. This move seems to have a lot more to
do with the owner's personal goals than with problems with the business
itself - this page at Cyclic claims that Cyclic was a profitable and growing
business. The page also points out areas in which the business could have
been improved. There may well be an opportunity there for somebody
interested in picking up this line of work.
Enterprise Java Beans from Groupe Bull.
Groupe Bull has released its "Enterprise Java Beans" package - a
set of Java classes for large enterprise resource management tasks.
Their press release states that the software will be released under an
open source license; if you go to the Enterprise Java Beans web site you will find, instead, a license which
is most certainly not open source. One assumes that they haven't gotten
around to changing it yet...
Some information can also be found in slides from Bull's announcement presentation at the Europe-Japan
Conference on Linux and Free Software.
Insight debugger source release.
Cygnus will be releasing the source to their "Insight" debugger
(aka "GDBtk") according to this
press release. Actual availability will be some time in July.
New systems - big.
Alta Technology has announced a new set of
Pentium III-based cluster systems. These boxes have eight complete
nodes (single or dual processor) in a single case. High-speed
interconnects are available, and the boxes are "stackable" to
produce larger clusters. Definitely a nice number cruncher.
New systems - small.
At the other end of the scale, The Computer Underground has
$499 system which includes networking, sound, and speakers.
"Limit two per customer."
A Linux endowed chair?
Vovida Networks, Inc.
is sponsoring a corporate seat for the Linux community on the
International Softswitch Consortium. Linux developers can find
additional information about the position and register for the
seat at the Vovida Networks
website. An election will be held in conjunction with the
LinuxWorld Conference and Expo (San Jose) for the seat.
IBM signs another deal.
Caldera Systems, Inc. and IBM have
announced a joint development, marketing and support agreement to
promote the Linux operating system.
Alpha Processor, Inc. and Atipa Linux Solutions, a manufacturer of
Linux workstations, servers and clusters, announced a partnership to
provide more powerful, affordable and reliable Linux solutions to
the enterprise marketplace.
BeOpen.com, the cross-platform Open Source applications company,
announced the release of its fourth-generation enterprise software
development and information management tools as Open Source Software.
EBIZ Enterprises, Inc. announced plans to introduce the first
true Linux-based Personal Internet Appliance.
The Industry Standard published its inaugural selection of "The
NET 21". Most Important Software Developer - Runner-Up: Linus
Torvalds, Creator of Linux.
- IndyBox Systems, a new dual Xeon processor
Microworkz.com has a $199.00 computer with a custom-built
interface based on BeOS.
PC Week announced the 1999 Winners' Circle awards. The Compaq
Computer Corp.'s AlphaServer DS10 Linux Cluster was a finalist for Best
Infrastructure Hardware and Software
Red Hat, Inc. announced the availability of on-site professional
Sandstorm Enterprises Inc. released the first version of
TCP.demux, a TCP/IP session reconstruction utility. It runs on a
wide variety of platforms, including RedHat Linux 5.1.
Seagate Technology, Inc. announced that its entire line of tape
backup drives has been certified with Linux.
Silicon Graphics Inc. announced that PC users running Linux can
utilize the Silicon Graphics 1600SW flat panel monitor as their
display system. Linux support is now available for owners of the
Digital Flat Panel Solution Pack bundle of the Silicon Graphics 1600SW
monitor and the Number Nine Revolution IV-FP graphics accelerator.
Star Division announced the shipment of the Professional,
Business, and Enterprise Editions of the StarOffice 5.1 premium office
productivity suite. StarOffice 5.1 Personal Edition has been available
for free to non-commercial individual users via internet download.
Star Office is supported under Linux.
SuSE and Metrowerks team up to bring development tools to SuSE Linux.
Versant Corporation is offering a Linux version of its object-oriented
database management system.
Vovida Networks, Inc. announced the first free commercial release
of an MGCP (Media Gateway Control Protocol) and RTP (Real Time
Transport Protocol) source code running on the Linux operating system.
VServers announced it will offer the Linux-based VServer RAQ2 to
its product offerings using Cobalt Networks' RaQ 2 server appliances.
XIOtech Corp., manufacturer of the centralized storage system
MAGNITUDE, announced that the MAGNITUDE now supports the Linux
Ziatech Corp. announced an agreement with MontaVista Software
Inc. that provides an embedded version of the Linux operating system
on Ziatech's CompactPCI development systems and single board computers.
Ziff-Davis announced that the Open Source Forum is attracting
leading IT executives as evidenced by those already pre-registered.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
July 1, 1999