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More software goes open-source:
Boulder Software Foundry announced that it is embracing the Open Source model of software distribution and will extend the capabilities of its Flashpoint Application Server Technology to the Open Source community. Flashpoint is currently available for Linux.
Lamar Owen sent in a nice summary covering the July 9th announcement that AOL had released the source code for AOLserver under an open source license. The summary covers the development history of AOLserver, its functionality, and, of course, the license under which it has been released. "AOL ammended the Mozilla Public License (MPL) and called the result the AOLserver Public License (APL). One of the clauses states that derived works can be released either under the APL or under the GPL -- programmer's discretion."
Linux in embedded systems and other small devices:
Linux as a great prototyping tool for embedded-hardware designs is the subject of an article in the June issue of Electronic Design. "This article describes how MCG plans to use Linux as a proof-of-concept tool on our new high-availability (HA) CompactPCI-based systems. (HA systems are defined as systems that are running 99.999% of the time.)"
The new Pia (Personal Internet Appliance) will be unveiled before a live national (USA) network television audience on Good Morning America, Thursday, July 15, 1999. Here's where you can find the press release about the EBIZ Enterprises' Linux-based PIA.
Rebel.com is set to unveil the first server computer based on the diminutive NetWinder line the company acquired from Corel. NetWinder computers use Red Hat Linux and are based on Intel's StrongARM chip, lauded for being powerful without requiring a lot of electricity. The NetWinders themselves are 9.5 inches tall and 2 inches wide, though rack-mountable versions also are available.
More support, service, and training:
Penguin Computing, manufacturer of reliable Linux systems, announced that it will begin offering sales and technical support in Spanish, French, Japanese, Vietnamese, Turkish, Italian, Hebrew, Chiuchow, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Cambodian, German and Russian as well as English.
Linux vendor Red Hat Software announced a partnership with training specialist Global Knowledge that is aimed at establishing Linux credentials for developers. The training will be available in 15 cities across the U.S. and Canada starting in September.
Borland has created a Linux developer survey, intended to help them shape future Borland Linux development tools. The survey will only cover Linux development. You can get more information, and find a link to the survey from here.
Amiga chooses the Linux kernel for the core of their new Amiga Operating Environment (OE). Apparently the concept didn't fit too well with many in the Amiga community. Here's an example of the feedback. And here's Amiga's respnse. "I simply don't believe we can gain enough momentum without tapping into the Linux momentum. Linux will give us continuous access to new technology and components as they are released. " [Thanks to Robert Knop]
IDC Japan's prediction of continued growth in market share for Linux was described by the Andover News Network. "On an estimated 2,200 machines in 1998, IDC predicts the Linux user-base will expand to 10,000 servers in the current year, 22,000 in 2000, 34,000 in 2001, 50,000 in 2002 and 65,000 in 2003. The predictions represent a compound annual growth rate over the next five years of 97 percent."
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
July 15, 1999