Linux in the news
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Linux stocks on a roll. Sometime around the end of last week,
investors went out looking for Linux stocks beyond Red Hat. They settled
quickly on companies like Applix and Corel. Shares in Applix more than
doubled over the course of two days; on Friday almost 27 million shares
changed hands. That is a pretty impressive total considering that there
are less than 9 million shares total on the market.
Both Applix and Corel have since dropped back down somewhat, as reality
began to set in. Both remain well above their previous values, though.
Interestingly, some of the press coverage pointed at Sun's acquisition of
StarDivision as the reason for the retreat. If that is true, it undermines
the whole notion of efficient markets - Sun's plans have been known for
some time. It seems much more likely that people began to think that
things had gone too far and it was time to take some profits.
Expect to see more of this kind of activity, at least as long as the stock
markets remain "exuberant" and Linux continues to grow. The masses have
discovered Linux, and the consequences are just beginning to unfold.
Watch the game on LWN's Linux Stocks Page, which has just been
upgraded to the beta test version. Sun has been
added to the list, and a couple other stocks have been bumped up into the
first tier. The Linux Stock Index has been reworked to use a better
algorithm. The index is also now available via a "back end" interface for
those who would like to display it on their own web pages.
We are still looking for feedback on how to improve this page; please have
a look and let us know how we can make it better.
Version 1.0 of the Uniform Driver Interface (UDI) has been
announced. UDI, remember, is the standard that is supposed to make
it possible to write device drivers which are portable across a wide
range of systems. The backers of UDI have, in the past, expressed
hopes that the Linux community would produce a pile of UDI drivers
which would then work on other systems as well. Enthusiasm among
Linux developers has been relatively low, strangely enough. It will
be interesting to see if they renew the push now that they have their
full specification out there.
New e-smith release. e-smith
has announced Version 3.0 of their e-smith
server and gateway software product/distribution. Now based on Red Hat
Linux 6.0, they've added support for DHCP, Dynamic DNS, LDAP and a new
feature they call "Information bays" or "Ibays". "Ibays are
easy-to-create, distinct sites on the e-smith hard disk that allow your
e-smith server and gateway to host such things as an intranet,
customer-specific web site, file download site or company shared file
Advanced Management Solutions announced the availability of its
"AMS Realtime" project management software for Linux.
Andover.net announced its new site Techmailings.com, which is a
large directory of mailing lists related to Linux (and more).
Applied Information Systems announced that it has begun the
general release of XESS 4.1, a spreadsheet and related development
tools that works on Linux systems.
Business Logic Corporation announced Version 4.2 of the
(commercial) Xess spreadsheet for Linux.
- Covalent Technologies, Inc. announced the release of their
SDI-2000 web encryption server appliance.
Cygnus announced version 2.0 of its GNUPro Dev Kit toolkit for
CynApps announced it is making Cynlib, its C++ hardware
description library, freely available through an open-source licensing
EBIZ Enterprises, Inc. obtained financing to facilitate growth of
their operation, particularly the Linux based manufacturing division.
HELIOS Software GmbH announced the update of their EtherShare OPI, PDF
Handshake, and Print Preview products.
Hewlett-Packard Company announced the Linux based HP Entria
thin-client appliance family.
HICOMP Software Systems Inc. announced that its HIBACK backup
software is now available for Linux.
IDG World Expo announced a new, comprehensive Web site at
www.idgworldexpo.com. Events profiled on the site include the
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo.
Innovative Electronics, Inc. has been awarded a contract by The
Dunlap Company to provide them with the Red Hat Linux-based
StoreComm2000 Retail Store Management System.
Intel Corp. announced it is now shipping engineering samples of
it's Merced chip to computer makers for testing.
- Michael Kofler announced that version 2 of his book, "Linux --
Installation, Configuration, Use", published by Addison Wesley, is now
LINMOR Inc. announced increased first quarter revenues. One of
their new product achievements was the release of NEBULA for Linux.
- LinuxForce Inc. announced that they have installed a Linux Web
server at the Franklin Institute Science Museum.
LinuxOne announced a deal with MandrakeSoft to open a development
center in Bejing. LinuxOne will be on working on things like a Chinese
version of the Linux-Mandrake distribution.
LivePage Corporation introduced Version 3.0 of LivePage
Enterprise. Linux Versions of LivePage ContentServer LivePage
Enterprise 3.0 will enable deployment of the LivePage ContentServer on
Luminex Software Inc. announced that it has added Linux support to
its CD and DVD Library management and recording software.
Maxoptix Corporation announced the addition of a new series of
multifunction Magneto-Optical (MO) jukeboxes. Linux support is
Microworkz.com, manufacturers of the Linux based iToaster,
announced that new management will take over by November 1, 1999.
Motorola will be using a cluster system built by Atipa Linux
Solutions in developing next generation semiconductor devices.
Mylex Corporation announced that SGI has incorporated Mylex's
AcceleRAID 250 controller into its servers.
Network Engines, Inc. announced they will supply technology to
IBM's Netfinity server line.
- Nathan Casey of Halton City, Texas won a Penquin Computer in a
giveaway sponsered by
Penguin Computing and Linux Online.
- PolyServe announced Understudy, a high-availability server
clustering software suite for e-business.
- Rave Computer Association, Inc. announced the Rave Systems AXi
family will be demonstrated at the upcoming Embedded Systems
Tripp Lite, a manufacturer of power protection products, announced
it will soon make the source code of its PowerAlert Universal UPS
Management Software available to Linux developers.
UniBar, Inc. announced BARCODE 2000 Version 4/JAVA, server-based
label printing software for applications running under UNIX, LINUX,
and Windows NT systems.
Vovida Networks announced the free commercial release of Session
Initiation Protocol source code running on the Linux operating system.
Wave Technologies International, Inc. announced record first
quarter revenues. The launch of Linux training solutions is listed as
one of their key growth initatives.
- Coletta and Craig Witherspoon have a new book, "Red Hat Linux 6
fast & easy", published by Prima Tech.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
September 2, 1999