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The Red Herring reports on the Transmeta announcement. "The 3120 chip will power Linux-based web pads and devices that are expected to sell between $500 and $1000..."
Here's a Reuters article about Transmeta and the soon to be unveiled Crusoe chip. "'Everything will be revealed on January 19 both at the product announcement and on the Web site,' said Ditzel, adding that he cannot comment on any of the rumors or speculation. Still in stealth mode, Ditzel will not even disclose the number of employees at Transmeta, which one semiconductor industry executive said is close to 200. "
Linux and the Stock Market:
News.com looks at Linux from an investor's point of view. "But can investors take a movement seriously that claims a portly penguin as its mascot? They should. For one, Linux as an operating system is growing faster than are any of its competitors. It is also is an ideal operating system for appliance computing, a high-growth segment that I've commented on the past. Most impressive is that Linux systems are the operating infrastructure behind an astounding 31 percent of all Internet servers--giving it the No. 1 unit market share for this important segment"
Computer Reseller News takes this look at Linux companies and Wall Street. "Like the little engine that could, Linux is speeding ahead as a locomotive force on Wall Street. But it is still huffing and puffing up a steep hill to reach resellers and corporations."
Red Hat, along with some of its inside shareholders, will sell 4 million shares according to this Reuters article. Bob Young and Matthew Szulik were listed as selling part of their stakes.
CBS Marketwatch took this look at the VA Linux IPO. "Notable: VA Linux Systems made history as the highest first-day gain of all IPOs with a run-up of 733 percent to 250 over its $30 offering price."
TurboLinux has received $50 million in investments, according to this News.com article. Investors include Dell, Compaq, BEA Systems, and others. "The reason for the investments are simple, said D.H. Brown Associates analyst Tony Iams. Established hardware and software companies see a new market opening up with the arrival of Linux, and they want to ensure themselves a foothold, he said."
News.com looks at TurboLinux's latest funding round. "Historically, there has been a delay between corporate rounds of investment and an IPO. Linux seller Caldera Systems broke that pattern last week by filing to go public on the same day it announced $30 million in corporate investments."
After telling the world last month that it would be losing money, Corel has come out with a small profit after all, according to this Reuters article. "The Ottawa-based firm, which recently added hot Linux technology to its stable of CorelDraw and WordPerfect software, said it was able to recognize the tax value of some losses and use tax credits that had been deferred pending a Revenue Canada review of Corel's 1993 to 1995 taxation years."
The Ottawa Citizen reports on Corel's investment in Newlix. "For Corel, the cash-and-services holding is the latest of several investments in new Linux technology that has lifted its stock despite weak sales of traditional Corel products. And for Newlix, founded only a year ago, the investment lets it quickly ramp up expansion plans."
News.com also covers Corel's investment in Newlix. "Newlix makes networking server software dubbed Omega, based on Linux, designed for small to medium-sized businesses. It can connect up to 50 PCs and 'handles Internet connections and email, sends files to printers and personal computers and can incorporate a security firewall,' according to the Ottawa-based company."
Red Herring looks at Corel's recent Linux related investments. "What kind of organization Corel is, is up for debate. In recent months, Corel has come under fire for chasing Linux as a fad. After all, skeptics say, Corel's Windows products are where it makes most of its money, yet the company seems to spend more effort publicizing its Linux-related efforts."
News.com covers Tripwire's plans. "Linux is another growth opportunity for Tripwire, [Tripwire CEO Wyatt Starnes] said. Sellers of Linux software are sensitive about the perception that Linux is a good target for computer intrusions. 'There is a fear that the perception of this vulnerability could impede their marketplace.'"
E-Commerce Times looks at Allaire's deal with MERANT. "Under the terms of the agreement, Allaire will add MERANT's DataDirect technology to versions of ColdFusion for Linux. According to MERANT, the deal will bring scalable, transaction-based connectivity between ColdFusion and databases such as Microsoft SQL, Oracle and Sybase to developers who work with Allaire e-commerce solutions."
Here's an article in the Industry Standard about Red Hat's future. "If 1999 was the year of Red Hat's honeymoon, then watch for flying pots and pans in 2000. Led by the ever-grinning visage of Chairman Bob Young, Linux distributor Red Hat had a yearlong free ride in the press, and investors responded in kind."
Here's a News.com article about Michael Tiemann's appointment as Red Hat's CTO. "The shuffle can be seen as a positive sign for Cygnus as it gets integrated into Red Hat. Because Linux is such a technology-focused product, chief technology officers at Linux companies typically wield a great deal of influence over product direction and strategy."
Forbes looks at Be's plans to give away its operating system for personal use. "Be seems to be trying to emulate Linux, the open source operating system that has taken the computing world and Wall Street by storm, as evidenced by the overwhelming success of recent IPOs like Red Hat and VA Linux Systems. But Linux may have benefited from being at the right place at the right time."
ZDNet UK reports on the adoption of Linux by some "local authority" in the U.K. "The government authority, which cannot be named yet, is currently testing out Linux for a broader rollout once evaluation of the OS, and native applications running on it, are complete."
Arne W. Flones takes a look at efforts to take ownership of the Internet through the use of proprietary protocols. "The major players in the greedy grab are Microsoft, AOL, Real Networks, and Apple. None of their protocols are open and none of them are fully supported by any operating systems other than Windows and possibly Apple Mac. If you have another OS, like UNIX or OS/2, too bad, so sad. "
This Upside column says that Microsoft should forget about the operating system market. "Once Linux's graphical user interface matures and stabilizes, it will become exponentially more attractive to users. If Microsoft is smart, it will have Linux-enabled copies of Office on hand to sell..."
ZDNet ran this article on on Deepok Saxena's Linux Demo Day Y2K page. "'We're not trying to say Microsoft/Bad; Linux/Good,' says Saxena. 'This is more about showing that there's an alternative. Especially for small businesses -- we want to show them they have a choice. Many people have heard about Linux but haven't seen it in action.'"
Le Monde features (in French) the web site of AFUL ("l'Association francophone des utilisateurs de Linux et des logiciels libres" - "The French association of Linux and free software users") in a story about French doctors fighting for the right to use Linux in their practice. There is evidently a security system in place that only works with Windows... Here is the Babelfish link, but Babelfish seems increasingly unreliable these days. (Found in Portalux News).
CNN talks with Jon 'maddog' Hall about Linux in China. "As for security, he said military and intelligence agencies around the world have adopted Linux for sensitive systems. 'The fact that they don't have to tell some U.S. company what they're doing is reason enough for them to use Linux,' Hall said."
AboutLinux ran this article on the DVD fight. "I am really curious why they did not name the major search engines as codefendants; after all, by doing a search for them you can get a plethora of links to DeCSS code..."
Linux in Brazil interviews Panasync, the developer of the BitchX IRC client. "I'm a big fan of free software/free source. I enjoy browsing other's well-written code. I also believe in the concept of shareware. I have thought about making BitchX shareware with source. But, it's based on others work, so I don't feel it's fair."
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol
January 20, 2000