Linux in the news
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See also: last week's Commerce page.
VA Linux Systems' IPO is coming soon, perhaps as soon as December
10, according to the Reuters
IPO diary. Expect it to be spectacular - VA is a solid company
operating in a hot area. One might expect the stock to go up a bit.
VA has put together its own version of a stock offering for the Linux
community. In the VA deal, developers who get "the letter" are eligible to
buy exactly 100 shares of stock at the IPO price. Those who have gotten
this letter should note that they have until December 3 to get their
applications back in - one assumes that they mean it when they say that
late applications will not be accepted.
Remember also that a lot of participants in the Red Hat offering had
difficulty with the reconfirmation process while at the LinuxWorld
conference. A very similar thing could happen to those going to The Bazaar
in New York. Plan to be reachable.
VA, meanwhile, may be in its silent period, but that doesn't mean it is
standing still. The company has recently announced
the expansion of its Professional Services Division, which includes hiring
key Samba hacker Jeremy Allison. Another announcement
describes a deal with Loki Entertainment Software for the retail
distribution of the commercial Debian box set. VA is on the move, expect
to see a lot more coming from that direction in the future.
Lynx jumps into the embedded Linux world. Lynx, which has been
doing embedded systems via its "LynxOS" for some time, has announced its entry into the embedded Linux market. They
will be creating yet another embeddable distribution, called Blue Cat Linux; it will be based on the Red Hat 6.1
distribution. They are also adding Linux binary compatibility to LynxOS,
releasing a Red Hat-based development environment, and providing technical
support and training services. They claim endorsements from companies like
Hewlett-Packard and Parasoft.
Thus, one could conclude that they are jumping into embedded Linux in a big
way. This field starts to look like it is getting crowded, even if it is
expected to be large. It remains to be seen how many versions of embedded
Linux can really be supported by the market.
Linux training in Germany. We've seen two different announcements
of training availability in Germany:
- Red Hat has made its "Red Hat Certified Engineer" training programs available in Germany.
Courses are taught in Stuttgart. (English version available via
Babelfish, note that "Red Hat" gets translated as "Talk").
- The Service Network GmbH, official
training partner of SuSE, announced the
availability of Linux and Samba
training in Goettingen, Germany starting November 1st. "The new
location has everything a participant would expect: Experienced trainers,
perfectly reachable via car and train. Several hotel alternatives direcly
nearby. The training center is near the city for recreation after the
Speaking of Germany...SuSE has received equity investments from Intel
and Apax Partners. The best place to look for information (which is
scarce) is this page on
SuSE's site. "SuSE will use the investments to set up new sales and
support offices worldwide. The main functions of these subsidiaries will be
to sell SuSE Linux and commercial Linux products and to establish and
support a comprehensive network of SuSE Business Partners."
Here, also, is SuSE's
press release on the investments.
Novell is cooking up something. A new license, entitled the Novell Cooperative
License, has been posted in draft form on Bruce Perens' Technocrat.net
site. This is currently a license without products; presumably there are
announcements waiting in the wings. The license has a very GPL-like feel
Red Hat scores another big support contract. Red Hat has announced
that it will be providing support services to AutoZone, which is apparently
setting up a Linux-based network. "Red Hat's services organization will
provide consulting and support services for a network of approximately
3,000 Linux-based Intranet terminals in AutoZone's store locations
throughout the United States." This announcement has gotten quite a
bit of attention, and is partially credited for the big rise in Red Hat's
stock price over the last week.
'Using Samba' released, adopted by Samba team.
the release of the new book Using Samba, which has been adopted as
an official Samba reference by the Samba team. It is being released
under an open content license.
CA Enterprise Linux Advisory Council.
Computer Associates has announced
the creation of the "CA Enterprise Linux Advisory Council," "a
comprehensive business initiative that will focus on identifying and
defining new projects and products that will address the unique and
specific needs of Enterprise Linux users"
Corel Linux is the number one Linux download at CNET. Corel announces
that Corel Linux is currently the most popular Linux item being downloaded
from CNET's download site; the announcement also mentions recognitions of
Corel Linux at the Linux Business Expo.
Linuxfool.com announced LinuxFool.com, a Linux discussion
forum site (and October 14 LWN link of the week), has announced
its existence. "...ultimately the site will provide a single point
of communication for all Linux users"
SAIR opens Raleigh office. Sair, Inc., a commercial provider of
Linux professional certification (also discussed in the November 18 LWN), has announced the opening of
an office in Raleigh, NC "to direct east coast operations in response to
the growing worldwide administration of Sair's Linux and GNU training and
certification program." For details, see their press release (formatting and Microsoft characters as we received
Products For Linux:
AlphaTrade.com announced that all of the E-Gate financial
applications are now fully configured for the Linux operating systems.
Bittco Solutions announced the release for Linux of a commercial
software tool for searching and visualizing the Web, called
Bristol Technology Inc. released its Wind/U cross-platform
development tools on Linux.
- Cambridge Interactive offered free unlimited use of its "Power
Steering" groupware development application to open source projects.
They claim to be able to greatly help developer collaboration with
Chase Research announced support for Linux across their entire
product line. "Linux support for kernel version 2.2 has been
comprehensively tested with the many distributions of Linux including
Red Hat, Caldera, SuSe, and others. " (Thanks to Philippe De
- Cygnus has
announced version 4.5 of its Source Navigator product. It's
interesting to note that the press release explicitly mentions support
for several Linux distributions; here's hoping that practice continues
in the future.
Fujitsu Software Corporation announced that its TeamWARE Office
5.3 will now support the Linux platform.
- Kaspersky Lab announced the public release of the first commercial
version of AVP for Linux/FreeBSD Unix.
MultiGen-Paradigm, Inc. announced that the company is porting
Vega, its industry-standard software environment for realtime visual
simulation, virtual reality and visualization applications, to Linux.
Rogue Wave Software announced Threads.h++ and Tools.h++
Professional for Linux.
SGI announced IRIS Performer 2.3 for Linux, a real-time rendering
toolkit for Intel processor-based systems running Linux.
Synergex International announced the availability of Synergy/DE
7.1 for Red Hat 6.
V-ONE Corporation announced SmartGate for Linux, a VPN product
with both client and server support for Linux.
VXE, Virtual eXecuting Environment, announced software that
protects servers from intruders, hacker attacks.
Products Using Linux:
Alpha Processor, Inc. announced the API PowerRAC Chassis 320, a
high-density packaging option for its UP2000 motherboard.
Cybernet Systems Corporation announced agreements with several
large distributors for the company's Linux based NetMAX thin server
Global Media launched the Globalmedia.com Community, a Linux-based
- IndyBox Systems announced they would be lowering the price of all
their systems from 10% to 25%.
Interland, Inc. announced a dedicated hosting offering featuring
Linux-based Cobalt RaQ server appliances from Cobalt Networks, Inc.
LinuxOne, Inc. announced the availability of the LinuxOne "Ready
Drive," a hard drive with the LinuxOne OS pre-loaded.
- National Semiconductor Corporation announced that Infomatec AG
will port its custom Linux-based basic platform Java Network
Technology (JNT) operating system to the National Geode WebPAD
- Network Concierge announced the beta release of its V2 Linux
Server Appliance Software.
Partnerships, Investments and Acquisitions:
EarthWeb announced that it has completed an exclusive license
agreement that will expand ITKnowledge (www.itknowledge.com) with
over two-hundred new titles from the Coriolis Group, LLC, including
its Linux/Open Source books.
EBIZ has cancelled its acquisition of JustLinux.com. Evidently
they had announced it a bit too soon - in the end, the two parties
were unable to agree on the terms...
Ecrix Corporation announced completion of its third round of
financing with $5 million from August Capital.
Extended Systems announced plans to partner with Hewlett-Packard
Company to provide businesses with the tools they need to digitally
send and receive paper documents via the Internet. The ExtendNet 4000
Internet appliance server uses Linux.
GoAhead Software and Motorola Computer Group (MCG) announced an
agreement to integrate and distribute GoAhead HighAvailability
software for MCG's CompactPCI telecom platforms.
GraphOn Corp. announced that its "Bridges" product, which eases
Linux and Windows integration, will be bundled into Corel Linux.
Magic Software Enterprises announced that it has merged Canada's
Open Sesame Systems ("OSS") with its U.S. operations.
- MacMillan announced the release of two books tracking information
for the Linux Professional Institute Certified
(LPIC) Linux Level 1-Test 1a, the first of several certification tests
from The Linux Professional Institute (LPI).
Senternet Technologies Inc. announced that it has acquired 100% of
Cygnus Solutions announced that its Code Fusion Integrated
Development Environment and Integrated Computer Solutions' Builder
Xcessory PRO have both been awarded the Linux Journal's 1999 Editors'
Choice Award for the "Best New Application - Software Development."
NBase-Xyplex announced that it has won Corporate IT Australia Best
of Show at the NetWorld + Interop 1999 show in Sydney, Australia for
its Open Linux architecture.
- O'Reilly announced that Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source
Revolution was awarded the Linux Journal 1999 Editors Choice Award
"Best New Book of 1999".
Red Hat issued this press release crowing about recent awards it
has won. "These distinctions highlight the value, performance and
support superiority of the Red Hat Linux operating system."
Magic Software Enterprises announced that its board of directors
has approved, subject to shareholder approval, a three-for-one split
of the company's common stock.
SLMsoft.com Inc. announced its results for the nine months ending
September 30, 1999.
New Hires/Personnel Changes:
eSoft Inc. announced the appointment of Scott Hickman as vice
president of sales.
Magic Software Enterprises announced the appointment of corporate
insider Israel Teiblum as president.
MontaVista Software Inc. maker of the Hard Hat Linux operating
system for embedded computers, named Bill Weinberg director of
ChartCare, Inc. announced its subsidiary BridgeComm Corporation
was created in February 1999. BridgeComm focuses on Internet and
Linux solutions in the network, Firewall and Open Source consulting,
development and evaluation arenas.
EBIZ Enterprises Inc. put out a press release on their
participation in the Linux Business Expo.
Evans Marketing Services announced the availability of a report on
Open Source Software by analyst Eugene Kim.
- Gordon Haverland wrote in to mention that he had been looking
for Linux-friendly banks in Canada and finally found one,
ING Direct, who responded with this email:
Thank you for your interest in ING DIRECT. The Linux operating system is
compatible with the ING DIRECT website. If you experience any difficulties
when accessing the site located at www.ingdirect.ca please contact us
immediately via email or call toll-free 1(888)464-3232 or locally at
We hope you enjoy the site.
Linux CTI will be one of the sponsers for the Technology Marketing
Corporation's 6 technology-focused Learning Centers on the exhibit
floor at CTI EXPO Fall '99, December 8-9, 1999 in the Las Vegas
- LinuxForce Inc. announced the opening of an office in Irvine
- Linux Professional Institute
LPI Weekly News for November 19 provides a link to the LPI
Incorporation document and reports that funding looks good and the
first Linux certification exam, T1a, is on track.
- Linux Professional Institute
LPI Weekly News for November 23 announced the release of their
first exam, T1a. "The
first LPI exam, designated "T1a", covers distribution-neutral topics
regarding basic Linux administration tasks. It is the first of a
series of exams that LPI is producing as part of its Level One
It also mentions that SGI has signed on as a platinum sponsor.
- New Planet Software is
a new company,
recently announced, formed by the developers of the open source tools,
Code Crusader and Code Medic.
They are also supporting a C++ development library, JX, or the "JX
Application Framework", source code freely available, but licensing
required for commercial or government use. Check out their license
for more details. "New Planet Software business plans involve
roles as a support seller and commercial licensor of the JX
Application FrameworkTM Professional License. This approach allows New
Planet Software to keep JX Application Framework, Code CrusaderTM and
Code MedicTM open source."
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
December 2, 1999