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Linux Today has been acquired by internet.com. The associated press
release talks about what Internet.com is up to ("internet.com
operates a network of 77 Web sites, 65 E-mail newsletters, 99 online
discussion forums and 71 moderated E-mail discussion lists with over 1.8
million unique visitors that generate more than 75 million page views
monthly.") but says very little about what will happen with
Linux Today. Linux Today itself has been almost entirely silent on the
Internet.com's strategy, clearly, is to compete with Andover.net in the
"large collection of Internet and Linux sites" category. Linux is seen as
a growing area, and these big network companies smell money. They may well
be right. It is certainly true that few of the "old time" Linux sites
LWN has learned that LinuxToday founder Dave Whitinger is leaving as a part of
this acquisition; LinuxToday will henceforth be in the hands of co-founder
Dwight Johnson and managing editor Martin Pitts. Dave wasn't talking much
about where he is going, other than to say that he sees no end of
opportunities in the Linux space. He will not be competing with
LinuxToday. Dave gave us a parting statement:
"Linux Today has grown into an enormously successful Linux news
site over the past 13 months, and I wouldn't have turned it over to
Dwight and internet.com if I wasn't confident in Dwight's
commitment to Linux and Free Software, as well as internet.com's
new commitment to their new customers (the Linux community).
"The Linux space is just starting to open up. Some people are
saying, 'Linux has finally made it.' While it's true that Linux is
finally starting to be accepted in the corporate world, we've still
only started to scratch the surface. There is still a lot of work
to do before we reach our goal for Total World Domination by the
year 2003 (tip of the hat to Dr. Greg Wettstein). On the brink of
World Domination, there are more opportunities than there are
people to take them. I'm not leaving the community - not by a long
shot! I'll now be available to push forward for the community like
"I wish Dwight, Marty, and the Linux community's new friends at
internet.com the best of luck in their venture. Auf Wiedersehen,
LWN wishes luck to both Linux Today and Dave in their new initiatives.
ATI supports Linux ATI, a manufacturer of video cards, announced
support for Linux and the opening up of programming information for its
products. In particular, ATI will be releasing 3D programming information
that was not available before, and will be contracting out the development
of drivers to be donated to the XFree86 project.
This is, of course, exactly the pattern that rational hardware vendors
should be following. ATI makes hardware, and wants people to buy that
hardware. By making information about the hardware available, and by
supporting the development of drivers for that hardware, ATI is making its
hardware more attractive to Linux users. It is most nice to see hardware
vendors waking up to free software in this manner.
Active Server Pages for Linux. Halcyon announces
that its Active Server Pages "servlet" can be found on the Red Hat 6.1
applications CD. Linux users may not thrill at the thought of adding
".asp" pages to their web sites, but this capability could prove
to be a crucial migration path for people currently running web sites on
less reliable systems. Linux has always been good at building bridges to
other systems, and an ASP implementation should only help in that regard.
Corel puts up advocacy material.
Corel has put up a set of articles on its web site promoting Linux. Linux
outside the Fortune 500 looks at the use of Linux in small
businesses. "The sheer number of companies, large and small, that are
delivering, supporting and using Linux should increase your confidence in
the future of Linux, as well as your ability to get some help should you
Making the grade
with Linux talks about why students might want to use Linux. "The
thought of installing a UNIX®-like OS on a personal computer seems
ridiculous if not intimidating, especially if you're new to Linux. But
there are several important factors that make Linux the ideal operating
system for any student wanting a stable, viable alternative to 'that
other OS'" (Thanks to Michael Katz-Hyman).
Corel has also straightened out its beta test license. Bruce Perens
Technocrat that the new license from Corel for the beta version of its
Linux distribution no longer contains obnoxious redistribution
restrictions. The license is now compliant with the GPL - and other open
source licenses - that cover the software Corel is distributing.
SuSE supports Linux internationalization effort. SuSE announces
its charter role in the Li18nux
project. The goal of this project is to come up with standards for
internationalized Linux that will eventually become part of the Linux Standard Base.
LinuxTShirts.com launched. In a different sort of Linux public
offering, LinuxTShirts.com has
gone live. Their offerings are not readily downloadable, but they do take
Products for Linux:
Breakthrough Software, Inc. announced the availability of its
e-commerce solution for Cobalt Networks Linux-based server appliances.
Citrix Systems, Inc. announced that Citrix Independent Computing
Architecture (ICA) will be included with Red Hat Linux 6.1.
Clickshare Service Corp. announced a new platform for Internet
purchase of text, sound, music and other digital objects. Clickshare
2.0, has been optimized to work on websites running Red Hat Linux 6.1
and the Apache web server.
Cobalt Networks, Inc. ntroduced the Cobalt Management
Appliance. This system is specifically designed to allow system
administrators to monitor and perform management tasks on large
installations of Cobalt RaQ server appliances from a single management
Computone announced that it has contributed drivers for its
"IntelliPort" products into the kernel source tree.
e-Parcel announced that its e-Parcel data delivery system is
available for Linux.
- There is now
an Italian version of the Linux Journal available, both in the
newsstands and on the net.
- OnStream announced an open-source beta driver for the OnStream
Echo 30 gigabyte* IDE digital storage drive.
OpenShop Internet Software announced QCommerce, a new software
package designed for shopping solutions for Cobalt Networks Linux
Pervasive Software Inc. announced Pervasive.SQL 2000 Server, now
available for Red Hat Linux, Caldera OpenLinux, and SuSE Linux.
- Ziatech has several Linux related announcements in this press
Products with Linux support or Linux versions:
Artificial Life, Inc. a developer of "smart-bots", announced the
release of ALife-PortfolioManager Version 1.0.
AXENT Technologies, Inc. declares their Raptor Firewall product is
inaccessible to almost every hack.
Compaq Computer Corporation announced the Compaq Enterprise
Toolkit V2.0 for 64-bit applications.
Ecrix Corporation announced new pricing for the VXA-1 tape drive.
Hummingbird Communications Ltd. announced Hummingbird's SearchServer
KL Group Inc. released of JClass 4.0.1, Java components and
- Lineo announced that Embrowser, Lineo's embedded micro Web
browser, and DR DOS, one of Lineo's embedded operating system
platforms, have been selected for Multicode's iMigo, a Latin
American-bound Internet set-top device. Linux versions are in
Luminex announced the Power-Press product line of network ready,
multi-user CD duplication and printing solutions. The Power-Press
product line directly connects to a UNIX or Linux server and supports
Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX clients.
Mainsoft Corporation announced it is developing a version of
MainWin for the Linux environment. MainWin will allow software
developers to re-host Windows NT applications on Linux.
Mapletree Networks, Inc. announced the initial rollout of its
MTN2100, UniPorte Architecture-based PCI card in Ariel Corporation's
PCI plug-in RS4200 remote access solution.
See also -
Ariel Corp. announced the RS4200, a new high-density 56K/ISDN
remote access solution for Linux and Windows NT.
PowerQuest Corporation announced the release of PartitionMagic
RocketTalk, Inc. announced a new Java platform-based version that
will include video messaging option/feature for RocketTalk.
RocketTalk 2.1.00 is scheduled for full release in early 2000.
RTIME, Inc. announced the availability of its networking engine
for Macromedia's Shockwave.
Sybergen Networks announced SyAccess 3.1, a software solution that
offers integrated management tools to maximize Internet access
performance in small- to medium-sized networking environments.
VERITAS announced a new release of VERITAS Backup Exec. The Multi
Server Edition has been enhanced to support Linux.
WebCT announced WebCT 2.0, a teaching and learning platform.
Partnerships, Investments and Acquisitions:
Compaq and Red Hat announced a joint support arrangement. The
core of the deal seems to be that Compaq's support organization can
fall back on Red Hat for the most difficult problems.
- ORBiT Software, vendors of backup software, has announced a developer partnership with Red Hat. Also, their "UNiBACK"
software is on the 6.1 applications CD.
Cygnus Solutions announced that CompUSA will sell Cygnus' Linux and
eSoft Inc. announced a distribution agreement and initial order
with IT Resources Pte Ltd, to sell eSoft's Linux-based products
throughout Singapore and India.
- Here's the Linux Mall's press release regarding the investment they have
received from SCO. (See The October 14 LWN for coverage of this
Sun Microsystems announced the acquisition of NetBeans, "a Leading
Supplier of Java-Based IDE for Linux."
SuSE GmbH appointed LinuxIT as their first Business Partner for
marketing cooperation and technical support for SuSE Linux in the UK.
WebManage Technologies announced it will acquire Commonwealth
Network Technologies, of Cambridge, Mass. Their new products will be
compatible with both Windows NT and LINUX platforms, and are expected
to be commercially available during the fourth quarter of 1999.
Several companies announce their 3rd quarter results.
Linux seems to be profitable for them.
Ancor Communications, Inc.
Bell Microproducts Inc.
Computer Associates International
Concentric Network Corporation
Magic Software Enterprises
Cobalt Networks Inc., manufacturer of Linux-based server
appliances, disclosed more information on their upcoming IPO.
EBIZ Enterprises, Inc. a developer and distributor of Linux
computer systems, announced that the Company has completed and filed a
registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC) to qualify as a reporting company under the Securities and
Exchange Act of 1934.
internet.com announced that it has appointed Kevin Reichard as
managing editor of LinuxPlanet.com.
Linuxcare proclaimed it's role in the NetAid event.
"Linuxcare, Inc.... played an important role in assisting the
NetAid Development Team with building, testing, and launching the
Linux-based NetAid Web site."
Metro Link announced that it will donate a piece from each Metro-X
and Motif sale to X.Org and Linux International.
- Visit the
Rave Computer Association booth at ISPCON Fall and you could win a
Rave Systems RackMount-2UAXi. You can choose to have Red Hat Linux
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
October 21, 1999