Linux in the news
All in one big page
See also: last week's Commerce page.
The Journal of Linux Technology. O'Reilly and VA Linux Systems have
a new publication, the "Journal of Linux Technology" (which inevitably is
shortened to "JOLT"). The Journal looks to be a highly technical
publication, most certainly not aimed at the newbie crowd. The four
articles in the first issue, which concentrates on clustering and will be
available at LinuxWorld, are:
Some more information can be found on the
JOLT site, hosted on Linux.com. At this point, there is no information
for prospective authors. Subscription information also appears to not yet
be in place.
- Network Monitoring for Clusters (San Mehat)
- Managing Beowulf Clusters (David Spector)
- Parametric Perspectives (Karlo Copp)
- Distributed Supercomputing for the Grid (Paul Messina)
VA has also announced
its new "Linux Without Limits" branding campaign, and a
partnership with HP to develop printing solutions that run under Linux.
Red Hat to bundle Computer Associates' software. Red Hat and
Computer Associates have announced
a deal wherein Red Hat will bundle Computer Associates' "enterprise
management" software in the Red Hat Enterprise Edition. Red Hat's
Enterprise Edition is getting to be a fairly large product; other items
like IBM's Java implementation and the CCVS credit card processing system
are ending up there. This edition - which is getting pretty far from the
"pure open source" roots - is clearly intended to enable Red Hat to raise
the price of the distribution. It makes sense; many corporate customers
are willing to pay well above $40 for an operating system, especially if
they get some nice added goodies with it.
Collab.Net to build e-speak site. Collab.Net has announced that it has an agreement with HP to build and
operate the open source development infrastructure for HP's e-speak
system. The infrastructure includes a lot of the usual stuff: a CVS
repository, BugZilla, mailing lists, etc. In other words, it looks an
awful lot like Collab.Net is setting itself up as a sort of SourceForge for larger, paying
customers. They will likely do well; as corporations get into open source
development, they will need a lot of help setting up and managing the
Collab.Net has also announced
the hiring of a few new managers - including Frank Hecker as "Systems
SuSE announces new US management team. SuSE has announced a restructuring of its management team in the
US, following the departure of Marc Torres.
Linsight appoints co-director. Dave Whitinger's Linsight effort has announced
the appointment of E.J. Wells as co-director.
(Legal) DVD playback for Linux will soon be available, according to
this announcement from Sigma Designs. Sigma is
evidently about to introduce the new "NetStream 2000" card which will
include a (closed source) Linux driver. No word on just when... There is
a newsgroup (REALmagic.linux) on news.sigmadesigns.com for those who want
to follow the topic. (Thanks to David Decotigny).
eLinux.com to debut. Creative Computers has announced
the upcoming launch of its eLinux.com
site, which "will provide the Linux community with a single source for
products, news, discussion groups, services, support and information."
Wave Technologies announces Linux exams. Wave Technologies has announced
a set of Linux professional certification exams. These are, of course, the
exams inherited from Wave's recent acquisition of SAIR.
MyHelpDesk.com announces Linux help directories MyHelpDesk.com has
a set of Linux help directories covering 20 distributions.
Linux wannabe press release of the week. This week's Linux
wannabe press release comes from Vitamins.com. We now know that
"Vitamins.com has further distinguished itself in the competitive
Internet health industry race by being one of the first to integrate the
Linux Operating System, produced by Red Hat, the leading developer and
provider of open source software solutions." They also inform the world
that "All software except Oracle is Freeware" and "Language is written in
Perl, and Java applets." Are we impressed yet?
It is interesting that a number of these releases not only name Red Hat,
but identify it as "the leading developer and provider of open source
software solutions." The chances of Vitamins.com deciding by itself to
include such a phrase in a press release seem fairly small...
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
Open Souce Products:
- iEntertainment has
announced its intent to develop a new multiplayer role-playing
game - called "The Eternal City 3D" - "using an open-source game
- Linuxcare has
announced that it will announce a "new open source model" at
SpellCaster Telecommunications Inc. announced it is releasing the
source code for its Babylon software. Babylon provides point-to-point
remote access to and from Linux systems using PPP(ii).
Commercial Products for Linux:
ALICOM announced the Linux Enterprise Messaging Server.
Bidhit.com Inc., an online auctioneer, announced the initiation of
its Linux Development Program.
DICA Technologies, Inc. announced the availability of DICAMail
5000, a modular technology that secures e-mail communications between
- Hummingbird has
announced its "Enterprise Information Portal" product for Linux.
It's not another web site; it's "a single point of access to all
business-critical information and resources including structured and
unstructured enterprise data." Pricing starts at $100,000.
JetForm Corporation introduced JetForm Central for Linux, an
electronic document output solution.
- Linux Stock News has
announced that over 1,000 people have signed up for the service.
Magic Software Enterprises announced its new Magic Enterprise
Edition V.8 development environment for Linux.
- Qarbon.com announced the immediate availability of Viewlets.
- STS International announced that its new distribution, IntraLinux, was launched on
January 22. IntraLinux is aimed specifically at network server
applications. Pricing is not mentioned, but, given that the price
includes training for the customer's staff, it's probably not $39.
- Tux Games announced pre-release prices for four upcoming Loki
Products Using Linux:
K2 Design, Inc. announced that it would support site and
application development using the Linux operating system.
LAND-5 Corp. announced the Linux-based iCEbox StoragePod, a
network attached solution offering up to 4.5TB of instant network RAID
RACER announced the introduction of the new RacerLX Series of
desktops and servers based on the Linux Operating System.
Products with Linux Versions:
Asante Technologies, Inc. announced a comprehensive technical
BiTMICRO NETWORKS, Inc. announced the ATI35 E-Disk, an IDE/ATA
solid state flash disk.
Celo Communications announced the latest version of CeloCom
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced Check Point 2000,
a new edition of its integrated software for comprehensive Internet
Cognos announced its intention to port its software to the Linux
Dell Computer Corporation announced the Dell PowerEdge 2450
server. It is slated to support Red Hat Linux 6.1 as of mid-February,
Dell Computer Corporation announced the Dell PowerEdge 4400
server. It is slated to support Red Hat Linux 6.1 as of mid-February,
HICOMP Software Systems GmbH announced the immediate availability
of full support for Linux as a system platform for SAP R/3.
Interwoven Inc. announced its intention to offer OpenDeploy, its
Web content replication software, for the Linux operating system.
Lantronix announced the availability of its free RTEL software
utility with support for the Linux operating system.
Manchester Equipment Co., Inc. entered its 28th year in business
by announcing support for the Linux operating system.
MERANT announced Egility Enterprise Extension solution for Red Hat
Linux now has the MERANT Micro Focus Object COBOL Developer Suite
(OCDS) for Linux.
- This related
press release announced that RIMS has successfully ported to the
Linux platform using the MERANT Micro Focus OCDS for Linux.
MetaCard Corporation announced MetaCard 2.3 for application
development or multimedia authoring.
Natural MicroSystems Corporation announced broad support for the
Linux operating system.
Network Engines, Inc. announced Network Engines' Internet
Appliance Architecture, which allows any company to deploy and manage
an affordable, scalable platform capable of handling large volumes of
Web content reliably and efficiently.
NUWAVE Technologies, Inc. announced the development of its imaging
enhancement software for Linux.
Phobos Corporation introduced its Xpress line of networking
appliances, designed to improve the performance and availability of
Web sites and e-commerce servers.
Phoenix Technologies Ltd. announced that PhoenixBIOS will be used
in Transmeta Caruso processor reference designs for a new category of
Mobile Internet Computers.
- Rave Computer Association, Inc. announced the UltraAXmp. Although
it is primarily built for Sun Solaris, it is also offered with Red Hat
RiverSoft announced i3philOSophy, a network management operating
Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced StarOffice NOW, a program
designed for partners and other third parties interested in providing
StarOffice software, to their subscribers, customers or other end users.
Telamon Inc. announced that it has released Version 5.0 for
TelAlert, the company's solution for critical message delivery to and
from the field.
Partnerships, Investments and Acquisitions:
Alpha Processor, Inc. announced the addition of 6 new members to
its strategic partner program. Dirig Software, Inc., Linuxcare, Inc.,
Covalent, MandrakeSoft, Inc., PolyServe, Inc. and Stalker Software,
- ALPNET has
announced that it has localized Red Hat Linux for the German,
French, and Japanese markets.
ApplianceWare Inc. announced a co-marketing alliance with Maxspeed
Corporation to combine ApplianceWare's Linux-based network-attached
storage server appliances with Maxspeed's best-in-class Linux desktop
Cobalt Networks and INTERSHOP Communications, Inc. announced a
joint partnership to offer Intershop RaQ, the first Intershop
e-commerce appliance on the Linux operating system.
EBIZ Enterprises Inc. announced that they have entered into an
agreement with CNET that allows TheLinuxStore.com to market its
Linux-based products and services through the Auctions, Store and
Shopper sections of the recently launched
CNET Linux Center.
eSoft Inc. announced an agreement with Bell Micro - Future Tech
International to offer full support and distribution of the TEAM
Internet product line throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and
Government Technology Services, Inc. and Red Hat announced that
they have finalized an agreement permitting GTSI to market and sell
Red Hat Linux operating system to the federal government. In addition
to the operating system, GTSI also intends to offer the government a
full range of Red Hat support services.
internet.com announced that it has acquired JustLinux.com, a portal dedicated
to Linux and open source development.
KeyLink Systems and IBM announced new, full-service business
partner solution offerings featuring the Red Hat Linux operating
Linuxcare announced an agreement with Compaq Computer Corporation
to provide end-to-end support, professional services, and courseware
to Compaq Solution Alliance partners worldwide.
NETmachines, Inc. announced a strategic alliance with Cybernet
Planet Intra announced that it has joined the IBM Netfinity
Red Hat, Inc. announced that Amerada Hess has chosen Red Hat Linux
to run a supercomputing cluster in its Exploration Department.
S3 Inc. announced that it has partnered with Transmeta Corporation
on the design and production of forthcoming Internet devices powered
by Transmeta's Crusoe processor.
Service911.com announced the acquisition of Learnlots.com.
Learnlots.com is the creator of "how-to" computing tutorials,
including "Managing Your Linux System".
- VA Linux Systems has
announced a partnership with Hewlett-Packard to develop printing
solutions that run under Linux.
Applix, Inc. reported increased revenues and it is exploring
strategic growth options for its Linux Division.
Computer Associates International, Inc. reported record financial
results for its third fiscal quarter.
eSoft Inc. reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and
ended December 31, 1999.
internet.com reported results for the quarter ended December 31,
Pervasive Software Inc. reported that revenues for the second
fiscal quarter ended December 31, 1999 increased 15%.
TiVo, Inc. announced financial results for the quarter and year
ended December 31, 1999.
Eagle Wireless announced that it has received a purchase order for
set-top box units, totaling $12.5 million from Urbana.ca Enterprises.
The set-top boxes incorporate both the Linux operating system and
IBM exec Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger will deliver his first
Linux-industry keynote presentation at LinuxWorld.
a look at the companies that will be at LinuxWorld next week.
OMNIS Technology Corporation announced that the company has
applied for a listing on the NASDAQ SmallCap Market. They cite their
recent move into the Linux open source market as one reason why they
are ready for this move.
ParaSoft announced their Director of Technology, Dr. Michael
Aivazis, will be a speaker at LinuxWorld. His topic: "Configuring
the Software Development Process on Linux."
- The nominees for Slashdot's 'beanie' awards have been
announced. It's a long list, since several awards are being given
TUCOWS.com Inc. announced that in three months the company has
registered over 600 Registration Service Providers to its OpenSRS
Domain Registration System.
VERITAS Software Corporation disclosed its Linux Strategy and
Roadmap, and open-source strategy.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
January 27, 2000