Linux in the news
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Transmeta comes out. As planned, Transmeta broke its long silence
this week, and told the world what it has been up to. Details can be found
press release. In summary, Transmeta's product line consists of two
One of the nicer features of both chips is their low power consumption -
one watt when operating at full power.
- The TM3120 costs less than $100, and is available immediately. It
is intended for mobile Linux systems.
- The TM5400 will be available mid-year, and is aimed at more
traditional laptop systems.
Transmeta sees a future where small, mobile computers take over. A lot of
these will run Linux; evidently at least part of Linus Torvalds' job there
has been to put together a special version of the system that will run well
on the new chips. More details about this version of the system - and the
products (which are said to be already in the pipeline) that will make use
Caldera directed share program. In last week's LWN we stated that we were
unable to get an answer from Caldera on whether they were doing a community
stock offering as part of their IPO. A sharp-eyed reader has pointed out
to us that the information we needed is in the S-1 filing; we had simply
missed it. "Up to" 10% of the shared will be reserved for the "directed
share program." Of those shares, about half will go to Caldera directors,
employees, etc. The other half will be offered to "... open source
software developers and other persons that we believe have contributed to
the success of the open source software community and to the growth of
The offering will be handled through Wit Capital, and it appears
that opening an account there will be necessary.
Lineo's Embeddix in hotel set-top boxes. Lineo has announced
an agreement with Elitegroup Computing and Bast to build a line of set-top
boxes using Embeddix (Lineo's embedded version of OpenLinux). The boxes
are aimed at hotel and apartment building use.
TurboLinux Completes $57 Million Funding Round. TurboLinux
announced it has closed $57 million in a second round of funding, which
included a significant investment by Dell, Compaq, Intel and others.
Danish government to use Linux? Here is an article (in
Danish) in the Danish newspaper Politiken. Therein, a politician from
the Socialist People's Party is quoted as saying: "We want to secure a
European knowledge- and network society based on open technology, which
will create a more fruitful milieu for technological development, including
the possibility that the many smaller Danish and European software
companies will be able to develop products for the Linux operating system,
without constantly having to fight against Microsoft and their
lawyers." The Socialist People's Party is not currently in the
governing coalition, but is the fourth biggest party overall and evidently
is relatively influential. (Thanks to Anders S. Buch for pointer and
Linux portals on the move. Just in case there weren't enough Linux
portal sites out there...M & A West has announced
its "Links2Linux" site, which will be launched during LinuxWorld.
Meanwhile, the Global Reaction Network has announced
the acquisition of the LinuxFool.com
NVIDIA, SGI and VA Linux announce OpenGL initiative NVIDIA, SGI and
VA Linux have announced
a joint initiative to produce "the industry's first professional-level
OpenGL(R) graphics sub-system for workstations running Linux."
Corel is looking for beta testers for CorelDraw. Details can be
found on Corel's beta
program page. A lot of people are looking forward to the availability
of this particular utility; it is still Corel's flagship product, in some
ways. Corel expects to get a lot of beta applications.
Corel also published its fourth quarter numbers. Here's the
press release from Corel with the results. Contrary to last month's
predictions, Corel actually shows a profit - by virtue of a one-time tax
accounting move. Also: "Corel enjoyed strong inaugural sales of the new
Corel(r) LINUX(r) OS, totaling $3.2 million for the quarter." $3.2
million is not a bad start, considering that the distribution hit the
market at the end of November.
And to finish with Corel: Corel continues to buy into Linux firms.
This time it has announced the acquisition of a
minority stake in OE/ONE.com, a maker of Linux-based "internet appliance"
Linux on Royal DaVinci PDAs? PDA Buzz is carrying a brief
story saying that Royal is developing a version of its DaVinci organizer that
runs Linux; it should hit the shelves by summertime. (Thanks to Gordy
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
Open Souce Products:
GUI Works announced the release of E-Grail 2.0, a commercial Open
Source software application for Web site content management.
- Linux ONA
announced a new version of 'Get Acquainted with Linux Security and
Commercial Products for Linux:
Compaq Computer Corporation announced a line of "ActiveAnswers"
server products that feature Lotus Domino running on Linux.
Cyber Digital, Inc. unveiled a "vast array" of Linux based
Internet Products that it has developed and that are being deployed in
Cybernet Systems Corporation announced a way to turn any PC into
an Internet appliance with the NetMAX 2.2 update, a series of
Linux-based thin servers supporting Linux Kernel 2.2.13.
Dialtone Internet announced that it is offering dedicated cluster
hosting services for those needing high performance and availability.
eOn Communications Corporation announced two new products in its
family of Linux-based communications servers. The eQueue 4000 contact
center communications server, and the eNterprise 2000, a private
communications exchange (PCX) platform.
Hummingbird Communications Ltd. announced the immediate
availability of the Hummingbird Enterprise Information Portal.
Integrated Business Systems & Services, Inc. announced it has
certified Synapse Manufacturing and Synapse EAI+ for Linux.
ISG International Software Group, Ltd. announced that ISG
Navigator, ISG's comprehensive Enterprise Information Infrastructure
(EII) solution, will be available for Linux systems this quarter.
JNI Corporation announced the debut of its software driver for Red
Hat Linux running on JNI's Emerald-based FibreStar PCI bus HBA cards.
- KRFTech announced the availability of its WinDriver product for
Linux. WinDriver claims to allow the development of cross-platform
device drivers that run in user space.
- Linux Press announced a new line of "How to install Linux" books,
starting with "How to Install Linux for Red Hat Linux".
Metatec Internet Products Group announced Web Transporter 3.0, the
newest release of the company's Web-based software and document
distribution system designed for Extranet business operations.
SAP announced that its R/3 ERP product is not only available for
Linux, but has already been shipped to over 100 customers.
SCO announced that it will introduce a portfolio of server
products for the Linux market at LinuxWorld Expo.
Secure Computing Corporation announced the availability of its
"SafeWord" secure authentication system for Linux.
- Soberbia.com launched its new
web site. The new Soberbia.com website provides original T-shirts for
geeks. The T-shirts themes are not just about mainstream subjects but
everything that is considered relevant to the geeks world.
Sun-Netscape Alliance announced iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise
Edition 4.1 and the new FastTrack Edition 4.1 software, both of which
now include support for the Linux operating system and the latest Java
TeamWARE announced its latest product offering, TeamWARE 5.3 for
Linux, which will be available in the first quarter of Year 2000.
- Ten Bits LLC announced the immediate availability of it's famous
line of tuxed(0) t-shirts (the only t-shirt with a man page).
Wizard Software announced the release of a light version of its
clustering software, Watchdog in Linux version.
Young Minds announced Linux support for its CD-R and DVD-R product
Products Using Linux:
Enhanced Software Technologies, Inc. announced that customers will
be able to purchase tape drives, optimized for Linux users, from
Hewlett-Packard Company through
EST's Web site.
Hall-Mark Global Solutions announced it will distribute two new
bundles: Red Hat Linux Developers Platform and the Red Hat Apache Web
Server with Compaq's industry standard server, Proliant, as well as
the Compaq Alpha DS10 and DS20(e).
USA Video Interactive, Eagle Wireless, and Urbana.ca are working
on a Linux-Wavelet set-top box which should be announced by the Spring
Products with Linux Versions:
Anyware Technology announced EverLink Suite 2.0, a software
solution designed to safeguard network travel of corporate data and
Citrix Systems, Inc. unveiled its plan to provide enterprise and
application service provider users access to UNIX and Java-based
applications, from a single application portal.
DataDirect Networks Inc. announced the release of their SAN
DataDirector to selected beta sites worldwide.
- DataViews Corporation announced that its high-end HMI software
tool, DataViews, now supports Linux.
Hughes Software Systems Ltd. and Comuniq, Inc. announced an intent
to collaborate to deliver HSS's ProtoQuick SS7 and VoIP suite of
software solutions on Comuniq's family of Streaming Media Application
Server (SMAS) products.
Infonet Services Corp. announced that its Messenger Server, part
of the Messenger WorkPlace family of productivity solutions, now runs
on the Linux operating system.
Iwill USA Corp. announced the arrival of the DU3160, the
dual-channel Ultra 160 SCSI adapter.
- Knox Software announced that Arkeia 4.2 has earned IBM Netfinity
ServerProven Solution validation.
LSI Logic Corporation announced low-profile PCI ULTRA2 SCSI and
PCI ULTRA160 host adapter boards.
announced the beta launch of a free office suite of personal
computer applications that can be accessed over the Internet from any
location in the world.
NEC Computers Inc. announced the Express5800/120Ld and
Express5800/120Mc2, two new Intel-based, dual-processor servers. They
are Red Hat certified.
NetServerDirect announced the "Maximum RAID" server. Choice of
preinstalled operating system includes Red Hat Linux.
Network Associates, Inc. announced the McAfee VirusScan 4.5
Rational Software announced that it will work with Intel to port
its e-development solution to Linux64 (Trillian), and other members of
the IA-64 family of processors.
Robocom Systems International announced the immediate availability
of its flagship RIMS product on Red Hat Linux.
RPK Security, Inc. announced RPK SecureMedia V2.0 for the
RealNetworks RealSystem G2 media delivery system.
Secure Computing Corporation announced a technology alliance that
will provide next-generation Sidewinder and SafeWord security products
optimized for the upcoming Intel Itanium processor.
SSH Communications Security announced the SSH IPSEC Appliance
Toolkit, an Internet security toolkit geared for the Internet
Tripwire, Inc. announced the availability of Tripwire 2.2.1, a
File Integrity Assessment software tool.
VeriSign, Inc. announced the availability of VeriSign's 128-bit
Global Server IDs for Covalent's RavenT SSL product.
Vital, Inc. reports an increase in the number of downloads for the
Linux version of its CRiSP editor.
Partnerships, Investments and Acquisitions:
Applix announced that it is a participant in TurboLinux's latest
round of financing.
Beyond.com announced that it has been selected by Red Hat as a
value-added reseller for Red Hat Linux software and
services. Beyond.com will be the first Red Hat certified reseller to
the U.S. government.
CALC/Canterbury Corp. announced that it has signed an agreement to
provide Linuxcare University Certified Training Classes to information
technology professionals, systems engineers and software and Internet
Derlan Industries Limited announced it now has a 10 per cent
Common Share interest in SpellCaster in addition to its holding of
Preferred Shares. SpellCaster is a privately held company that
provides digital telecommunication solutions for Linux-based systems.
Digi International announced an agreement with Red Hat Inc. to
join in marketing programs that will enable distributors, resellers
and integrators to offer Linux-based communications servers designed
specifically to suit the needs of small- to medium-sized businesses.
eSoft Inc., developer of the TEAM Internet Linux software suite,
announced a distribution agreement with Raidar Distribution Australia.
Government Technology Services, Inc. announced Red Hat Inc. and
GTSI are in the final stages of negotiating a formal relationship,
permitting GTSI to sell Red Hat Linux to the federal government.
GraphOn Corporation signed a strategic partnership agreement with
Scandinavian software publishing specialist, SoftwareRun, to use
GraphOn's server-based software to web-enable its selection of online
Linux and UNIX software demos.
Hewlett-Packard Company and VMware, Inc. released this joint
announcement about the availability of VMware for Linux on HP
VISUALIZE PL450 and XL550 Personal Workstations. The software is
available for free download through the month of January.
Inprise announced the creation of a $60 million venture fund.
Among other things, it will invest in Linux startups.
M&A West, Inc. announced that it has joined the LinuxMall.com
NETmachines, Inc. announced that a significant investment from
Wired & Wireless Global Communication Corporation has enabled
NETmachines to expand operations into the European market.
- SuSE and Minolta have announced a partnership to improve the printer support in SuSE's
Antarctic Support Associates, the Denver, Colorado-based company
contracted by the National Science Foundation to build and maintain
the South Pole's communications systems, is installing Cybernet
System's NetMAX for Linux as their gateway to the rest of the world.
Cobalt Networks, Inc. reported record results for the quarter
ending December 31, 1999.
Forlink Software Corporation Inc. announced its now in Phase I of
its Development Plan. Phase I includes expanded validation and
marketing of its software and internet Tool-Suites, increased
integration of its products into Linux server environments, strategic
alliances in the field of embedded software and tool-suites, PDAs and
wireless delivery with China's leading companies.
- Here is
the Gartner Group's latest proclamation on Linux. "Linux will
not displace Unix wholesale from the high-end market in the next three
to five years because: Unix is well-entrenched legacy technology,
Linux is not easily portable to RISC architectures and would represent
the same kind of fragmentation that Unix has, Linux would complicate
existing OS heterogeneity problems, and Linux currently lacks a
fast-track process to achieve mission-critical enhancements equivalent
to those offered by Unix vendors."
- Guru Labs announced a new Linux Training Center.
IntraNet Solutions, Inc. announced that "it is the first Web
content management vendor to support the Red Hat Linux operating
system and Apache Webserver".
Linuxcare announced the appointment of Bob Walters as vice
president of business development.
- The Linux Professional Institute announced that Kara Pritchard has
joined its Exam Development Department as Assistant Director for
- Linux Stock News, a
new web site providing Linux investment information, has
announced its existence.
Medullas Publishing Company, Inc. announced the release of Penguin Applications.
MontaVista Software Inc., developer of the Hard Hat Linux
operating system for embedded computers, announced that as part of its
investment in support and services infrastructure the company has
hired Kristin Anderson as director of support.
MSC.Software Corp. announced the creation the MSC.Linux division
supporting Linux products and services.
- Rankstreet.com, Inc. announced they will be using the Linux
platform for their software and server operations.
Red Hat announced the resignation of Frank Batten from its board
Silicon Valley Research, Inc. says that sales of its new Linux
products are at least partly responsible for the companies first
profitable quarter in over 2 years.
SuSE Linux AG announced the opening of a new support center in
SuSE Linux is growing. This appointment of a larger board of
directors sets the course for further expansion.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
January 20, 2000