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Inprise and TurboLinux announce a deal. Inprise and TurboLinux have
a partnership. Their plans are stated as:
"Working together, Inprise/Borland and TurboLinux expect
to identify performance and feature enhancements, incorporate and
distribute their technologies worldwide, and develop educational programs
to increase the global awareness of the Linux OS. TurboLinux, which boasts
a market dominance in various channels throughout the world, will help
facilitate Inprise/Borland's penetration into the Global Linux
market. Together, the companies will be able to provide the service,
support and training for Linux products worldwide."
There is no discussion of how Corel ties into all this. Since Inprise and
Corel are merging, one would think that Corel would have a role to play in
this arrangement. This silence could be fodder for no end of fact-free
speculation. Corel has stated that it's planning to acquire more Linux
companies, and that it has a $250M war chest for that purpose. Corel Linux
and TurboLinux are aimed at different markets, and thus do not really
compete with each other. Together, they could cover a much wider part of
the Linux market. Hmm...
The electronic Linux book. Here's a brief article (in
French) in Transfert describing the Everybook, an electronic book running
Lineo's Embedix distribution. Linux was adopted, they say, because it is
the best operating system on the market, and to increase the speed and
capability of the device. English text is available via
Babelfish. (Found in Portalux
More information on the Everybook can be found in this press
release from Lineo. It seems that 55,000 licenses for Embedix and the
Embrowser embedded web browser have been purchased for the initial run of
everybooks, which will hit the market this summer. The document format
used is PDF, so getting material into the Everybook should not be hard.
This is exactly the sort of application that comes to mind when people say
that Linux will do well in the embedded systems space. The Everybook
people had to do relatively little - after all, creating a Linux-based PDF
viewer is not particularly difficult. They could concentrate on the
packaging and other aspects that make their product special, and simply
fall back on an OS that works. Millions more people will be running Linux
in the near future, but many of them will not know it.
Sigma Designs demonstrates Linux-based digital set-top box. For
another example of embedded Linux: Sigma Designs has announced
its new Linux-based set-top box. "The set-top box can be used as a
combination DVD player, web browser, and e-mail client. By adding an
adapter for broadband communications, cable companies, telecommunications
companies, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can also offer movies on
demand. Service providers can also add an MPEG encoder to provide
time-shifted recording capability."
The Linux-based Internet car radio. And here's yet another embedded
application: the Internet
car radio. Evidently this radio, being put together by PenguinRadio, Inc. and Ineva.com,
will be able to receive any Internet radio station (of which there are
thousands) by way of a satellite service. As long as you don't try to tune
while you drive, it sounds like a pretty nice setup.
Salon.com to launch 'Free Software Project'. Salon has announced
the launch of a new web site entitled "The Free Software Project." The
intent appears to be to showcase a book being written by Salon author
Andrew Leonard; it will be released to the site one chapter at a time and
subject to review much like Eric Raymond's The Art of Unix
Programming. Leonard has written some truly excellent columns in
Salon, so there is reason to hope that this exercise will come out well.
Eazel's web site is up. www.eazel.com is now online. Eazel is the
company working on Nautilus - the file manager/graphical shell for GNOME
2.0. The main item of interest on the site at this point, however, is
likely to be the list of Linux job openings. (Thanks to Pat Eyler and
SourceXchange update. Here's an update from the sourceXchange.
They have a new set of Requests for Proposals out there, and five projects
currently under development. Things would appear to be picking up over
Connectix teams with Red Hat for Linux on Macintosh. Connectix has
that it will be shipping a new version of its "Virtual PC" package (which
allows running PC applications on a Mac) that includes the Red Hat
distribution. Thus Mac users can run PC Linux... Of course, they can also
run one of the Macintosh Linux distributions directly, but this product may
make it easier for Mac users to try things out.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
Open Souce Products:
- Inprise has
announced the creation of a new company (called InterBase) to
handle the open-sourcing of the InterBase code.
- Red Hat, Inc.
announced the immediate public availability of GNUPro tools for
- SGI has
announced the demonstration of its Itanium compilers - and its
intent to release the compilers as open source.
- VA Linux Systems, Inc.
announced the public beta release of VACM 2.0, the VA Cluster
Manager, which enables remote management of large numbers of Linux
Commercial Products for Linux:
AmbiCom, Inc. announced that Linux support is available for its
entire PC Card product line.
DataFlux Corporation announced the availability of a Linux version
of its software development kit product, dfSDK.
e-solutions Software, Inc. announced the availability of its
flagship product, e-volve for the Linux open source operating system.
- easyPress, the publishing division of easyLinux.com, announced the
following titles: "Linux and Windows", and "EasyOffice and
EasyMoney". Both books inlude a CD ROM full version of easyLinux and
Joydesk.com announced plans to release Joydesk 2.1, a Web-based
groupware suite for the Cobalt Qube and RaQ server appliances.
- Knox Software sent us a note
to remind people that the individual version of its Arkeia Software is
available for free.
MoJo Designs announced that the company has ported Eyelet GUI to
Linux. Eyelet is a small embedded GUI.
- Oracle has
announced the latest version of Oracle8i for Linux. It will be up
for download "within 30 days."
Rogue Wave Software announced the availability of Nouveau 2.0 for
Silicon Motion announced that it supports Linux, with drivers that
enable GUI acceleration and power management, for the entire Lynx
Stonesoft Corporation announced worldwide support for Red Hat
distribution of the Linux operating system to its StoneBeat
FullCluster for Check Point Firewall-1.
- SuperAnt, a retailer of Linux
software, is offering Diskless Linux, a CD with tools, documentation
and resource links for diskless, headless and terminal systems under
- WatchGuard has
announced the availability of its LiveSecurity software for Linux.
LiveSecurity allows for the management of its (Linux-based) firewall
boxes from a remote system.
Products Using Linux:
- NamePlanet.com has put out
this press release hyping its web email service ("Up to a
billion people can now get their own personal e-mail address of the
type firstname@lastname through the service of NamePlanet.com.").
The bulk of the PR, however, talks about how they use ReiserFS to
implement the service. (ReiserFS was discussed in the November 11 LWN kernel page).
Espial announced the availability of Escape 4.0 Professional
edition, an embedded device browser.
- O'Reilly reported that their "Java in a Nutshell", by David Flanagan,
is in the lead for the Java Developer's Journal 2000 Readers' Choice
Awards - Best Book.
Random Eye Technologies Inc. introduced Random Eye images,
intelligent software for conceptualizing and creating images.
Products with Linux Versions:
Auto-trol Technology announced the expansion of its Denver
Corporate Education curriculum to include Linux, Java, and UNIX
BiTMICRO NETWORKS, Inc. announced an EIDE solid state flash disk,
Cambex Corporation announced that its FibreQuik PC1000 and MC1000
Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBA) and FibreQuik HB2000 digital
Fibre Channel hub successfully completed SANMark interoperability
Cell Computing, Inc. announced the addition of a high-end, 0.18
micron Intel mobile Pentium III 400 MHz model to its Plug-N-Run
System-On-A-Module product line.
CoCreate Software Inc. announced ME10 2000, the latest version of
its 2-D CAD software.
Computer Associates International, Inc. announced the immediate
availability of updates to its eTrust Intrusion Detection and eTrust
AntiVirus. The software offers immediate detection for the four major
tools employed by hackers in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
Concurrent Computer Corporation announced a Linux version of its
NightStar Development Tools and its C/C++, FORTRAN, and Ada compilers.
CyPay, Inc. announced the availability of their high-performance
eCommerce module for the Apache Web Server.
DataMirror Corporation announced that it is extending its
Transformation Server technology to support IBM's NUMA-Q server
platform for large-scale business intelligence.
ECCS, Inc. introduced the Synchronix 2500, a fault-tolerant,
scalable RAID storage system offering data transfer rates of 160MB per
Exent unveiled the EXEtender, which allows executable files to be
delivered securely over the Web.
Freshwater Software, Inc. announced the release of the next
generation of SiteScope, the company's Web performance monitoring
Hitachi Data Systems announced new capabilities for its flagship
storage subsystem - the Hitachi Freedom Storage 7700E.
IEA Software introduced RadiusX 3.0 for Linux, for billing,
customer care, and user authentication solutions for Internet Service
Providers (ISP) and other distributed networks.
ILOG announced it intends to support the Intel IA-64 architecture.
Integrated Research announced the commercial availability of
PROGNOSIS UNIX (Linux), part of a family of systems management
Interface Systems announced that it has added support for the
Linux operating system within Cleo 3780Plus, its e-Commerce
MAPICS, Inc. announced they will offer Thru-Put, a leading
Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solution, as an expansion of
the current MAPICS product family.
McAfee announced an update for VirusScan. The updated version
will detect the "Zombie" code responsible for launching Distributed
Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
MODCOMP, Inc. announced the release of WAP66 Portal Server.
Motorola Computer Group introduced the PATX5000 motherboard, a
dual processor design that supports the Pentium III processors, and
the CPV5400 Pentium III processor card.
Network Engines will OEM Giganet's 30-port cLAN5300 cluster switch
for its family of scalable Internet appliances.
Novell, Inc. announced the availability of Novell eGuide.
Open Market, Inc. announced the localization of its browser-based
online store building product, ShopSite, into German, French and
S3 Incorporated announced the Diamond Fire GL1 professional
graphics accelerator. S3's professional graphics division has released
new drivers, included one with Linux support.
SCO announced that it is readying its Tarantella web-enabling
software for the Monterey/64 and 64-bit Linux platforms utilizing an
Intel Itanium processor-based server prototype.
Sigma Designs, Inc. announced that it is adding new features to
its REALmagic NetStream 2000 card to shorten the evaluation cycle
typically experienced by systems integrators.
- SoftBase Systems, Inc. announced the release of NetLert 2.0, the
latest version of its instant messaging software for corporations and
Southernview Technologies, Inc. announced that on February 21,
2000 its Atlanta-based training center, Southernview University,
will officially open for business. Some Linux classes will be
sTupidPC, Inc. has setup a new division to offer connectivity
services to small, medium and large businesses in Atlanta, GA and
Synopsys, Inc. announced plans to support the Intel Itanium
processor with its high performance VCS Verilog simulator.
Teknor Applicom Inc. introduced the PCI-P3D840 and the PCI-P3S840,
two new single board computers.
VisioWave S.A. announced new building blocks for its digital video
networking and editing solutions using Wavelets compression.
WebTrends Corporation announced the release of a new version of
its WebTrends Security Analyzer product, which includes detection of
Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack agents.
Ziatech Corporation introduced a new peripheral master CPU board
for CompactPCI, the ZT 5541 Peripheral CPU Board with Pentium III
Ziatech Corporation also introduced a new System Master CPU board
for CompactPCI, the ZT 5522 CPU Board with Single/Dual Pentium III
Partnerships, Investments and Acquisitions:
- The Adrenaline Group
announced that they landed a multimillion-dollar contract with
Linuxcare Inc. Adrenaline will design and build an advanced
Linux-based business-to-business application, in support of
Linuxcare's recently announced custom solutions service.
Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) announced it
is exploring a new Linux+ certification and has entered into
discussion with Wave Technologies International, Inc. about its Sair
Linux and GNU Level I Certification.
Enlighten Software Solutions, Inc. announced EnlightenDSM will be
available at TheLinuxStore.
eOn Communications Corporation welcomed Picazo Communications,
Inc. as the latest company to announce plans for a Linux-based
- IDG Books, publishers of Linux for Dummies, has
announced a partnership with SuSE to create "SuSE Press," a new
line of books about the SuSE distribution.
Information Architects announced that it has joined the Red Hat
Independent Software Vendor Partner Program, to deliver Linux-based
solutions for driving eBusiness across the Net.
Informix Software and JBSi (Jones Business Systems Inc.) announced
new software packages that combine Informix's Foundation.2000 software
and the Linux operating system.
- Lineo has
announced a deal with six Taiwan OEMs; those companies will now be
shipping Embedix with their internet appliance systems.
Linuxcare, Inc. and Windward Consulting Group, Inc. announced the
formation of an alliance to deliver Linux-based solutions to Internet,
application and telecommunication service providers.
Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the founders of
DigitalMetrics announced the final terms of the merger of the two
Linux certification efforts.
Macromedia, Inc. and Corel Corporation announced they have entered
into a licensing agreement that will bring Macromedia Flash technology
to Corel LINUX and CorelDRAW 9.
Maxspeed Corporation announced that the company has joined the ASP
Consortium, a group formed to promote the application service provider
- Radstone Technology and Lynx Real-Time Systems have
announced a deal wherein they will deliver PPC-based single-board
computers with Lynx's BlueCat Linux installed.
- Samco Software, Inc., in conjunction with RealWorld, offers the
Samco Power Accounting product line. Linux versions are available.
Stormix Technologies announced Frank Kasper and Associates,
Inc. will carry Storm Linux 2000 Standard Edition to major retailers.
- Total Impact announced that it has entered into a partnership with
LinuxPPC, Inc. to co-develop a Linux software version for Total
Impact's new mPOWER line of systems, upgrades and servers.
XETA Technologies announced a strategic partnership with Darwin
Networks to offer high-speed Internet access to its customers in the
lodging industry. The XETA/Darwin offering will include XETA's
Linux-based Virtual XL call accounting system integrated with Darwin's
Linux-based high- speed DSL Internet access system.
YARC Systems Corp. is preparing a revised offer to buy the
controlling interest in Autologic. YARC's turnaround plan revolves
around the injection of YARC's Linux server technology into
Autologic's product range.
- Last July Borland/Inprise ran a survey on Linux development. Now they
running a new study for 2000.
The 2000 survey is a more overall Linux market study and less developer
focused than last year's survey so the results should be of greater use to
a wider audience. Results will be posted later this month at the end of
the study period.
Computer I/O Corporation announced that they received the
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Show Favorites Award in the Server
category for its Easy I/O client-server technology and products.
Diamond Technology Partners looks at the benefits of the Open
EBIZ Enterprises Inc. announced financial results for the fiscal
quarter ending on December 31, 1999.
eSoft Inc., the company that develops and markets the TEAM
Internet Linux software suite for small businesses, announced
aggressive expansion plans for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Government Technology Services, Inc. announced that they have
added Red Hat products and services to its GSA IT Schedule.
Neoware Systems, Inc. announced that it has appointed Michael
Kantrowitz President and Chief Executive Officer. The Company said
that the appointment of Mr. Kantrowitz was motivated by Neoware's
strategy to extend its market focus to Linux and Windows-based
- Netizen announced Perl training in Brisbane, Australia.
- O'Reilly released Charles Spurgeon's "Ethernet: The Definitive
- Red Hat has
announced the opening of new offices in France and Italy.
- Software Development Magazine has
announced the finalists for its annual "Jolt awards." Most of
them are proprietary packages, but included in the list one will find
Python (Languages), Red Hat Linux, and even "The Open Source
- This edition of the Sangoma News contains info about Sangoma products, including
WANPIPE for Linux.
StarBase Corp. announced three strategic corporate initiatives
designed to provide comprehensive support for the open source and
- Terra Soft Solutions, Inc., developer of Yellow Dog Linux and Black Lab
Linux for PowerPCs, announced their year 2000 Board of Directors.
TUCOWS.com Inc. announced the appointment of Josh Elliott as
director of TLD (Top Level Domain) Operations for the Assigned Names
Division (AND), the domain name registration service arm of
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
February 17, 2000